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    Default Nail Polish on boys..

    I let DS1 have some blue nail polish on his toes this week because a) I was putting clear stuff on his fingers to stop him biting his nails which I had told him was nail polish. B) I thought it would be easier if he tried it now instead of asking when he goes to school. C) I don't care if he wants to wear it.

    Today we were at a party and he took his shoes off to go on the trampoline. The other boys saw his toes and he said that he was 4 now so he was allowed. They started calling him a girl and played a game of running away from him because he was a girl with him running calling out "I'm not a girl! I'm a boy!". Even the adults had a laugh although he didn't realise when they said it was lovely they were making fun too. None of this really bothered him (it did bother me as no one stopped the teasing) but it made me question whether anyone else would let their son do it.

    Do you have a problem with it? Would you let your son wear it?

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    I don't have a son, but I would have no issue with it and I think those adults laughing at him should be ashamed of themselves.

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    Of course, if my son asked me I'd happily paint his nails. Shame on the adults at that party who perpetuated gender stereotypes....!!

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    I wouldn't offer it up, but if my DS asked I would do it. I would have said something about the teasing: that is not cool.

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    My ds went through a stage of having his nails painted when I painted mine. No biggie. Tell them to get a life

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    1. I would definitely have spoken up and made a scene at the adults, as it would have infuriated me! You did well keeping your cool OP
    As for the kids, middle childhood is a very significant time for gender identity and kids this age are very gender specific in their social 'rules' and play. It's impossible to avoid unfortunately, but is an important part of how children this age from their own identity. It's all just talk though. I think adults should step in and say 'it's ok (to wear nail polish)' in these situations, but unfortunately many adults support and encourage this kind of gender stereotyping rather than let kids be innocent and creative without shaming them!

    I'd just chat to DS later and explain it's fine and he can do whatever the heck he likes. I wouldn't want to hang out with other adults who make fun of my child, those adults are idiots!
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    I have painted ds toe nails and nails a few times at 3 years old. He just wanted to try what I was doing.
    I find it sad the adults were making fun too though. My husband did say something when I did do ds and that night I waited until he was asleep and I painted his toes he only realised when he went to work and had it on for a few days.

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    My DS (28 months) has green sparkly polish on his toes at the moment. His sisters had their toenails done and he wanted to as well, so I did them. It's not an issue in my mind.

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    My DS is 3.5years and loves to paint his toe nails when I do mine. Right now he has blue toe nails.
    Those adults behaved appallingly.

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    I don't have a DS but I wouldn't have a problem with it! Shame on those adults, I would've definitely had a few choice words to say to them!


 

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