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This is my son, Chester, who is nearly 4. He was invited to his friend
Chloe's birthday party taday. the theme was prince and princesses.
He asked if he could go as Sleeping Beauty, so I enught him a dress
and put a cute little clip in his hair-
We arrived at the party to the fallowing comments frem the adults
Oh that is just cruel."
Why did you make him wear a dress?"
Freer little man, what' s your mummy playing at?'
He' s going to hate you when he grows up."
No way I' d let my sen dress We a girl.''
The tact is, Chester is almost completely gender neutral. I let him wear
what he wants, m it eeis or girls clothes. and he plays with whatever
toys he lillies. This usually involves him helding tea parties while
wearing his pint; Minnie Mouse top, jeans and a tiara. The guests are
mere often than not a mixture Winnie The Wen characters,
dinasaurs. Handle. Dora and solders. and they' re usually transporter
in his faverite fire engine.
When my husband arrived at the party later on, he was subjected to
endless ridicule frem the other dad' s present hew I must Heep
his halls in my pack ebcause otherwise he weild have put his
feet dawn and not allowed Chester out like that. Oh, and try the way,
our other sen dressed as Ariel. When my husband pointed out that
the eeis were happy, and the mather the birthday child made a
point saying hew Wonderful she thought it was that we allowed them
freedom choice and expression, they then stopped taming it
to our faces and started muttering us behind our packs.
Interestingly enough, not a single child said a werd their choice
costumes. other than to compliment Chester on his new dress.
not a single child made a negative cemment
not a single child made a negative comment
mat a single child made a negative cemment