Mommy's New Man
I have seen all of the above sayings on baby boy clothes. I am talking teeny tiny, 0-3 month old baby boy clothes.
It. Drives. Me. Crazy.
Why are we in such a hurry to make our little boys into men?
My baby boy, who is now nineteen months old, is still just a LITTLE boy. He has deliciously curved baby cheeks and a belly that leads the way when he walks. He speaks in two and three word sentences. He does not need to wear a onesie that says "#hideyourdaughters".
It is OK, and will continue to be OK, for my son to cry. It is OK for my son to push a baby doll in her stroller and feed her. He loves to play with the toy kitchen. He wears his sister's bracelets and necklaces. He plays dress up with her and is the Anna to her Elsa all of the time. I hope he never loses his love of books. All of these things are not stereotypically viewed as masculine activities. We are OK with that.
Why are we sending the message that our boys have to be tough? Or that their goal in life is to be a ladies' man? I see people write passionately about the lack of STEM themed clothing for girls, and the overabundance of pink and purple (believe me, I agree and I have something to say about girls' clothing too), but I never see the same enthusiasm for changing the trend in clothing for boys.
I don't want him to be a tough guy, a stud muffin or a macho man. I want him to be a curious, playful toddler with a developing imagination.
He isn't my little man.
He is my little boy.