The pink and blue thread got me thinking...and there has been something that has been bubbling away in my household that I am starting to try and think about deeper and not getting anywhere.
My 8 year old DS has just started cheerleading...he adores it. He also does karate and loves that too.
Now, there are not a lot of boys in the cheerleading world...should be as it is amazing! The work out he gets at cheer is better than at karate most days...and he has nearly perfected his backflips and walkovers which is pretty cool too.
ANYWAY...when talking to him about it and the reaction he might get from others, he has asked me to only refer to it as tumbling class. Which, I have agreed to (but it makes me feel a bit wrong). We chatted about why and he was concerned that he might get teased because most kids don't know what it is like and would think it was for girls.
He did say that he had heard other kids get called "gay" for liking girls things...so we spoke about what gay meant and how it was def not a bad thing to be gay and he knows that. He also asked me how hanging out with pretty girls could possibly mean he liked boys "like that"...i did have a giggle at his wonderful logic.
So, do your kids challenge the stereotypes for sport? How do you handle it? Should I have insisted on referring to it as cheer and just let him deal with the consequences?