“Our twin boys, love wearing princess dresses and playing with dolls.”

Gabriella Haughton-Malik and husband Joe are happy to let ‘gender neutral’ sons Caleb and Kai dance around the house as Frozen characters Anna and Elsa.

The Mirror reports, the five year old twin boys love charging round the house playing soldiers with their plastic guns, building models with Lego or racing each other with their collection of toy cars.

But they are equally as happy wearing princess dresses, playing with a dolls’ house and having their nails painted, which some might say are activities more usually suited to girls.

Mum Gabriella, a cake designer, says: “We let them choose what they want to do. It’s something we’ve done from day one.”

“… if they were girls and they wanted to play with cars and wear trousers no-one would blink an eye.”

“I want them to feel that they can express themselves and I tell them they look beautiful whether they are wearing trousers or a dress.”

After watching the film Frozen, the boys were taken by the characters and their dazzling dresses.

“We were in the shop getting some school uniforms and they saw these dresses. It was shortly after the film had come out and they were completely obsessed with it.

“They were just going nuts over these dresses so I caved and bought them. Now they spend a lot of time in them.”

Gabriella says: “I don’t think you should put labels on children that are so young. They like being able to explore their feminine diva side, completely immersing themselves in being somebody else. It shows that they have huge imaginations.”

“I think playing with dolls shows that they are caring people and hopefully if they go on and have children they will be caring parents,” she says.

“They are very loving little boys and I think that shows through in the way they care for their dolls and teddy bears.”

We recently shared the story of Shona Campbell who arrived to pick up her three-year-old son from childcare only to over hear a conversation about her toddlers choice of socks.

There was also an awesome story a few months back of the dad who let his son dress up as Elsa. WINNING!

As I have said before -  I am sick of judgey people. I actually took my six year old son, YES SON, with me for my last pedicure. He LOVED it. He happily sat there enjoying a foot soak and massage while I had my toes painted. We got some odd looks. But I am super proud of both of us and highly recommend all mum’s give it a go!

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  • Yep, it’s fantastic! Let kids be kids & do what they enjoy doing.


  • What a great mum boy and girls have the right to be loved no matter what they choose to play


  • Love this mum! I bought a doll for my 2 year old son in preparation for his baby sister’s arrival and people were not shy in telling me what they thought of a boy playing with a doll… so silly.


  • Little kids don’t worry about gender unless we teach them.


  • They are young enough that if there wasn’t a big deal made out it there was be less unpleasantness. The boys are school age. Parents who don’t approve are likely to influence their children against those are now publicly known


  • My 6 year is exactly the same! Has all of the stereotypical boy dress ups, but likes nothing more sparkles, a wig and high heels!
    I’ve heard it all from “oh that’s cruel” to ” you are making him gay!” Disgraceful! Our children are little for such a short time, why should a few grown ups impose their negative and sometimes bigoted views.


  • I 100% agree with them.
    A friend of mine had two boys and the younger one loved dressing as a fairy or princess. His Dad was never happy but his Mum just let him do as he pleased. He is now in his teens and does not wear dresses and he is not gay.


  • Lie it


  • I agree with this….to an extent. I didn’t force gender based toys on my kids, they grow into that, mostly forced by society. But I’m not sure I would go as far as putting dresses on boys. I guess it’s all good in your own home, setting them up for heartbreak and bullying out in public tho


  • All well and good in your own home, as long as you teach your child about the real world and how it can have a nasty side. I’m all for boosting a child but there are plenty that will tear them down in a second given half a chance. They need to be ready for that, having a person who tells them they are awesome all the time can have a critical downfall when they get out there among other people.


  • I hope this Mum isn’t making it all about her and pushing her own agenda.


  • I think parents should let their kids do what they seem fit. It’s no one else’s business what someone else’s child wears.


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