By Tracy M
I’m breaking my self-imposed hiatus because I have a problem. A big, red-headed, three-year old pink problem. While discussing this tonight with my DH, he wondered why I hadn’t posed the situation to y’all. Hmmm…. why, indeed?
So, Beanie, my middle son, seems to be a cross-dresser. A while back I recall a thread on another blog about letting boys wear girls’ shoes. Most of the moms were against it, but personally, I couldn’t care less about some sandals- my little problem transcends that. Beanie likes to go for the whole kit and caboodle.
Daily, I catch him in his sister’s closet, putting on the fanciest, frilliest, pinkest things he can find. Dresses, tights, shoes, ruffled swimsuits- the girlier the better. I have tried being tolerant, letting him don the clothing he chooses as long as we’re going to be home, but I have to draw the line somewhere, right? Tight pink biker shorts with a polka-dot purple top and a bow around his neck are just a tad too much. Never mind that he refuses to wear undies and and you can see all the, uh, details, since his three-year old self is poured into Ab’s 12-month clothes.
He looks up at me with his giant hazel eyes and crooked red hair, proclaiming “Mama, I’m so pretty today!” and I don’t know what to do.
I don’t have any problem with boys playing dress-up, and I understand that often girl things are just plain prettier than boy things. But it’s getting a little out of hand. DH has been understanding, but is finding it more difficult to deal with a boy in a pink dress over dinner. How do we curb this and constructively steer him another direction without making him feel like a freak? Wait it out? It’s a phase? Is it really not such a big deal?
Advice from the great and mighty Mommies sought and appreciated.
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