When Shona Campbell arrived to pick up her three-year-old son from childcare she was outraged to over hear a conversation about her toddlers choice of socks.
The mum was shocked to hear another boy and his mother laughing at her son for wearing socks with love hearts on them.
“To the mother at nursery picking up your child. You may have thought I didn’t hear you but let me assure you I did!” Ms Campbell wrote on Facebook.
“When your child pointed out my SON had love hearts on his socks, and mocked them for being GIRLS socks you absolutely tore apart my faith in this world, because you agreed and laughed along with your child.
“My son is 3 years old, he loves love hearts, he loves the colour pink, he loves to play with dolls and prams. But what he loves more than anything, is having the independence to make his own choices. He chose these socks in the shop, and he chose to wear them today.”
“Why should we teach our children that certain things are for girls/boys?? If my son wants to wear a dress, he can!! If he wants to wear a big fluffy hat, he can!! And if he wants to wear socks with love hearts, HE CAN!” she wrote.
“I am bringing up my son to be whoever he wants to be and I do not appreciate people like you poking fun at him, telling him he’s wrong for what he wears or dictating what he should or shouldn’t do/wear.
“This is the perfect age to allow our children to make their own decisions and let them figure out who THEY want to be, not who society says they should be! This is MY SON. And I love him. Love heart socks and all!!
“Feel free to share. I’d really like to make sure she, and anyone else that thinks it’s ok to specify gender in clothes/toys etc, see’s this and hopes narrow mindedness is replaced with open mindedness.”
Her post has been shared over 100,000 times.
Well said, Shona. Well said!
I thought we had put all this gender stereotype nonsense behind us. I teach my boys everyday that girls can do exactly what they do, no restrictions. So why can’t boys do whatever girls do?! Why is there always such a great divide?
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