Yesterday, Clark and I had a fun-filled afternoon which consisted of building train tracks, roaring like dinosaurs, hide and seek and painting each others toes.
You painted his toes? Yes, I painted his toes. Why? Because when my blonde hair, blue eyed boy asked if I could paint his toes, not one part of me thought against it, and to be fair I was pretty happy to sit down for 3 minutes.
There was so much excitement in his eyes as he watched this bright pink polish being painted on his toes, and after each toe he said 'Thank you!' Yes, difficult to believe from a toddler, but I did receive 10 consecutive thank you's whilst he sat ever so patiently for me to finish. I would love to say that I've decided on a career change and have booked myself onto a nail technician course, but I don't think anyone would be willing to pay for the type of express pedicures I'd offer!
He looked very proud to be the owner of pink toes, and I was more than accepting when he asked to do mine. After all, as parents we do anything to make our children happy. I will however ignore the fact that due to his excitement, he leapt up, dragging his toes across the cushion I professionally placed under his feet, smearing said pink polish. Greaaat.
Then today I was reading on Twitter about the uproar Smyths Toys received in response to one of their adverts where a little boy was dressed as a princess. Now to me, I say BRAVO Smyths! But the backlash they received, and the news articles I still read about how boys should be boys and girls should be girls really saddens me.
I then saw another post over Paw Patrol merchandise and how Skye, the female pup had been removed from the 'boys' hoodies and placed on a bright pink hoody, away from her chums. I'm pretty sure the Paw Patrol pups would be annoyed if they knew a member of their team had been segregated for being female. Just have the same image of the team together!
Our children need to be comfortable making their own decisions, without any negativity from those closest to them. We're raising the next generation. We don't need another society filled with stereotyping and where others are afraid to be themselves. Let children be children, no matter what.
In this house, there are no rules - well, except it's a definite no no for hitting your little brother on the head with a plastic shark, as well as forgetting your manners, oh and do not torment our poor dog with a broom. But apart from that Clark and Cruise, you enjoy your childhood, enjoy exploring, being creative and finding yourself. If you want to play with dolls or watch My Little Pony you can (Though, I will draw the line at Masha and the Bear, that drives me crazy!) and I'll even paint your toes whenever you want. Just remember the important things in life like treating others with respect, don't judge, dance in the rain and if you see someone with a frown - turn it upside down!
Be the champs you're destined to be my Wilko boys!