Grown Woman Laughs at Little Boy's 'Girly' Socks & His Mom's Response Is Perfect

Mom scolds little boy at daycare for wearing

Children should be off-limits from bullying of any kind. (Technically everyone should be, but this is a good place to start.) Shona Campbell is a UK mom who's appalled another mother would make fun of her 3-year-old son's socks. Not only did that other mom promote gender bias, but she also failed to teach her own child that labels aren't okay. Well, it seems the joke's on her, as Shona got the last laugh.

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While picking up her son from daycare, Shona overheard a child laughing at her little boy's choice of socks. Sure, they had hearts on them, but Shona was shocked when she heard the kid's mother get in on the action -- even going as far as laughing at her little boy.

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!!...

Posted by Shona Campbell on Thursday, March 24, 2016

Needless to say, that kinda pissed Shona off. And rather than pounce on the unnamed mother, Shona decided to take to Facebook and serve us all with a reminder of being kind and not getting caught up in gender bias.

As Shona says:

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.

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 [unnamed mother], and anyone else that thinks it's ok to specify gender in clothes/toys etc., sees this and hopes narrow mindedness is replaced with open mindedness.

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*Sighs*

I REALLY wish people (especially parents) would let children live without trying to force them into a sexual orientation box based on the clothes they wear, the toys they enjoy, and the programs they watch on TV.

My 2-year-old son loves cleaning with a mop and broom, doesn't mind watching Doc McStuffins or Sofia the First, and sometimes draws with a pink crayon. (Gasp!) Just because it's what "girls do" doesn't mean boys aren't able to enjoy it, or that they will be gay, or whatever other label folks might try to put on them.

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It really makes me sad and pisses me off when I hear stuff like this. Why can't we just let kids be kids? I know plenty of guys who had fun trying on their mother's high heels growing up just because. Heck, I went through a "tomboy" stage where I wore baggy pants, had a skateboard with a skull on the back, and only wore high-top sneakers. I'm thankful my parents never scolded me for not wearing dresses (I still hate them to this day) and allowed me to be me.

With so much pain and hurt in the world, we need to be building up the next generation instead of tearing them down and laughing at them.

 

 

 

Image via Shona Campbell/Facebook

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