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    Three sons here and all of them wear nail polish sometimes. They have also rsided their sister's make up and clothes before

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    I remember my little brother wanting to wear nail polish when we were kids and my mum would always paint his nails with clear polish until one day when he insisted on having the same as me so mum painted his toe nails red. He just wanted to be included and be doing what mum and I were doing but I also remember him being teased when we went to swimming lessons that afternoon.

    I definitely think it's fine to do it and would paint my future son's nails if he asked, the teasing sucks though... it's awful though that the other adults didn't step in and stop their kids from teasing your son.

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    my 9 year old DS lets 3 year old DD paint his nails!

    I think it was horrid of the parents not to step in....the other kids were prob rather innocent but those parents missed a massive teachable moment where they could have enforced that teasing was not OK and that each and every person can express themselves how they want if it causes no hurt to another.

    Shame on them.

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    Your son sounds cool and ahead of his time - he'll soon learn to deal with the losers and bogans of this world who pick on those who dare to be different.

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    I would have been pretty upset at the parents! Little boys, just like little girls, love to play pretend, love pretty colours and love things like nail polish!

    Nothing wrong with your son wearing nail polish, plenty wrong with parents who think it is OK to laugh at a little boy being a little boy!

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    Thanks everyone. DF didn't really care either because he was pretty angry he had it on. He didn't say anything to DS1 thankfully but asked me not to paint them again.

    Majority of the people at the party are very set on what each gender should do. They also don't think gay marriage should be legal and I kind of see it as they don't want their kids to do anything that they see as opposite to usual. (Not that nail polish defines whether or not someone is gay).

    The adults I'm most annoyed at ignoring the teasing because DS1 looks up to their kids and I don't ever want him teasing someone like that. They weren't outwardly laughing at DS1, it was just the reactions that you could tell it is not something they would do and they thought he was a bit girly. At the same time though they all like him and think he's pretty funny and cute because of the conversations he has with them.

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    I would never socialise with those adults again after that.. wat d heads seriously.
    Ds is 2 but whenever I do my nails he wants it too. I have done his toes a couple of times

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    DS2 went through a stage where he loved nail polish (around 3-4). I actually bought him a heap of cheap nail polish so it obviously doesn't bother me.
    At daycare they would paint the girls nails and DS's, but only after checking with me in case I thought it was 'gay'. Apparently a lot of other parents disapproved when their boys had their nails painted. Pretty pathetic really. It's just a bit of colour on your nails that's easily removed. No harm done!

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    DS asked for nail polish the other day and I said no. Not because he's a boy, but just because... Well look I'm a lazy mother ok? I didn't want the hassle of him always asking for it, and 'take this colour off I want this colour now' etc etc. he can, and does, go nuts with my lipstick whenever he likes, however.
    As for the adult's reactions, yuck. I wouldn't hang around adults that thought like that. They sound like small minded bogans.


 

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