And I think it's fine, my daughter is often dressed as a boy. She's also often dressed like a girl but being a younger sister with an older brother it's cost effective. A friends little boy is often dressed up a bit pink and pretty, he has long hair too and he's very cute, but he actually still looks like a boy (I think) and is very much a boyish boy, but he likes pretty clothes and I think it's perfectly fine.
I often wore my older brothers clothes and I have no concerns or questions about my gender. On the flip side a friend who was born a boy, was raised a boy, dressed as a boy is now a woman. I think gender is much bigger than clothes. Ultimately no matter what our children wear they will be whoever they will be and we have to be okay with that.
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20-06-2013 19:13 #61
20-06-2013 19:20 #62
If I had the money and I could find one I would buy him a Dora shirt in his size as he loves to watch Dora. When he was a baby/toddler he was massive and I struggled to find shorts to fit him as they would be really long so I bought girls shorts for him. They were shorter and came in much nicer colours!
20-06-2013 19:24 #63
If my son who is 5 decided he wanted to buy a dress and wear it, I will be honest here op and say I would not be 'fine' with it. I would probably ask him why he doesn't want to wear his jeans and why he wants to wear a dress. If he really wanted to I would totally support him. Whilst internally worrying about him. This is different then if he had an older sister and he wanted to put on her princess outfit. But I wouldn't let a daughter out in a princess outfit either.
20-06-2013 19:24 #64
My DS (20 months) likes to wander around the house in DD's dress up heels. He likes to carry a little handbag with lip balm in it. Freaking adorable! Given that the greatest two play influences in his life are my 4yo DD and her best friend, both of whom love dressing up and dancing in twirly skirts, odds are that he too will want a twirly skirt at some stage. Twirly skirts are heaps of fun, why would I want him to miss out?
My younger brother loved wearing pink, played dressups with me, and loved wearing skirts. We have heaps of photos of him in bonnets and a dress, wearing bows in his hair. My brothers is now a normal functioning adult. Well as normal as any member of my family can be!
The point is though, it didn't "make" him anything. He isn't any more or less than he would have been if mum and dad made him wear "boys" clothes all the time.
I grew up loving "boys" sports, I hated netball, hated dancing. Why is me playing baseball or football ok, but a boy in a skirt a problem? Equality is a two way street!
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20-06-2013 19:25 #65
I think allowing a boy to wear a dress to school, the shops etc is what is being questioned here
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20-06-2013 20:10 #67
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20-06-2013 20:35 #68
See, I let my daughter go out in princess dresses, tiger costumes, cowboy outfits, buzz lightyear suit.... both stereotypical "boy" and "girl" dressups. For me, her childhood is so short, I want her to remember being joyful and being allowed out in dressup clothes. We are all a little "out there" in my family! When I was 10, all I would wear were '60's flares with tie dye. I'm a bit nuts, makes sense that my kids will be.
I have no problem with DS wearing a skirt or princess dress to the shops. Little kids love to pretend, both male and female.
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20-06-2013 20:43 #69
My only problem with his outfit is that leggings aren't pants...
20-06-2013 20:49 #70
Can't believe ppl have problems with some mothers who don't want their sons in girls clothes. Seriously? Do they have to like the idea lol. I would never allow it as clothing for everyday life going to the shops. And I honestly don't think it's going to affect my son's freedom of expression or identity. As a 2.5 year old all he cares about is playing. ..that's it.
I think it's important to let kids experiment (for me in the comfort of my own home) but they should be made aware of the difference between genders...what's acceptable and what's not...and that not everyone will react to them kindly. They will soon grow up and realize in life that there is a difference and that it exists in every part of life for whatever reason.
No one ever answered the question as to why they don't buy their kids opposite sex clothes automatically instead of going to either boys or girls section....if you think letting them wear what they want anytime is ok (as thats what your happy with)
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