The child might think that the other sex has better clothes or toys. Generally this kind of cross dressing is part of all of the child's play activities, and not any more important to the child than other play, and children later go on to choose to dress like others of their age and gender. Think about how old your child is, how long it has been going on and how important it is for the child. Usually if the child really wishes to be the other sex you will notice: If it is just dressing up play you can be sure that this is healthy. The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care.
Notice when your child does what you want to see more of and what the child does well instead of criticising what you don't like.
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex. For a boy, get some attractive male dress up clothes such as silk superman cloaks with stars on them, circus performers, or wizards as well as fairy costumes and jewellery. Many girls like computer games too. It also changes over time. A mother may say that it is no fun being a woman and the father may say the same sort of thing about women. Sometimes fathers are very busy, or working away from home or there may not be a dad in the family. The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care.