So your son wants to be a Princess for Halloween ...

Setting aside all sexuality discrimination ... we are trying as a society, to dismiss the gender gap between male and females. We allow women to serve in the military, we allow men to take over the kitchen, there are construction moms and stay at home dads, we are fighting to no longer label toys as Boys or Girls. Our society has become open minded and positively encouraging in the gender-role wars, even though there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, such as that glass ceiling we try so hard to break through as women, and LGBT rights (whether you agree or not). But as parents, we play the most important role in raising our children to accept and be accepted in a world where humanity is scared of change. That said, I read one time that a stay at home dad was perfectly fine with his two year old son dressing up as Cinderella one year for Halloween because that's what he wanted to be. I applaud him for placing his sons happiness above his own and seeing beyond what society would judge. Do you think the father was right? Would you allow your son to dress up as a Princess? Would it be right for us to allow our daughters to dress as Football players and restrict our sons? Let's discuss.

So your son wants to be a Princess for Halloween ...
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Kat Mahoney
    10/21/13
    No body "Wants" their son to want to dress up like a princess... We are programmed to follow these gender acceptable rules... To be honest, if my son chose a princess costumes. I would worry.. only worry about what sort of heat and feedback he's going to take from his peers... But at a point.. any point.. you gotta just say F it.. and support your kids no matter what...
    My son is nervous to mess up in handball and to take the heat on that.. so, I tell hime.. look.. "Own that mess up.. Dig it.. play it up.. laugh at yourself first so you beat them to the punch".. it's all how you "sell" it... people smell weakness...
    They are babies.. 2, 4, whatever.. Let them be them... and pray that others do the same.. and be there for them no matter what...
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    10/21/13
    Kat Mahoney
    Great points Jessica! Let kids be kids its a great motto to live by!
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      10/21/13
      Amanda Hurley
      What a great conversation starter. I am not sure I would allow my son to dress as a princess. I really don't know for sure. We are very traditional parents though. My husband works and I stay home with the kiddos. Because I am pregnant, my husband is picking up a lot of the slack in the housework, but we try and teach our girls to be girls and our boys to be boys. I do agree with Jessica though, you have to come to a point to support your child no matter what.
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      10/21/13
      Kat Mahoney
      True Amanda, its a tough call in some aspects, and especially depending upon the environment people live in and the area. Some areas are more open minded than others and some people look at it differently. I too think society in general digs deeper into it than than should ... kids are kids, no matter what gender, and everyone (including adults) has a phase they go through, be it rock star crushes, tomboy styles, or little Princesses. And if they don't "grow out of it", that's a totally different topic in which is strictly between parent and child and not anyone else's business or place to judge =) in my opinion. I have to say I would allow my son to be a Princess at that age because I've seen the different phases my children (sons and daughter) have gone through and they only want to find their individuality (they are pre-teen/teens now). I also have Autistic children, who see the world differently rather than black & white or male & female, so it truly opens my eyes to several views. Though my husband might not like that too much, but he is an amazing daddy that would go to great lengths just to make our kids happy. Happy children are the seed to a beautiful future.
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        10/21/13
        8Theresa Gould
        You know, I was going to respond no, until I remembered our boys have dressed up in their sister's princess costumes. They act goofy and wear underwear on their heads too. But this was all within our home not out in public so there's a difference there than going out into a school or community dressed up as a princess.
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