Did you know that 2011 has been coined The Year of Acceptance? I don’t blame you if you didn’t know, as I just learned that last night. But it makes sense to me. Sure, we’re living in a world that’s still full of hate, prejudice and racism (among every other -ism) but I think as a whole, we’re doing a great job at becoming more accepting of everyone.
Last night, a friend of mine brought the popular book My Princess Boy to my attention. I had seen the family’s story on Primetime, and I was thrilled that Cheryl Kilodavis had turned her son’s story into a children’s book.
Cheryl’s son began expressing his love for princess dresses, the color pink and all things sparkly around age two.
Cheryl admits that at first, she tried to softly redirect him, but that it wasn’t always easy. She tells the story that one day her son came home from school so excited that he got to wear a princess dress during playtime that afternoon. Cheryl says that she looked him straight in the eyes and said
Boys are not princesses. Girls are.
She said he looked right back at her and simply stated Well I am a princess boy.
Cheryl was worried about what other parents would think. She feared how others would treat a little boy who dressed in girls clothing. Cheryl ultimately came to acceptance after her older son asked her “Mom, why can’t you just let him be happy?”
And so she did.
My friend who brought this to the attention of the class challenged us to not only buy the book for ourselves as a way to support the cause, but to also give the book as a gift to friends and family.
I told her that at first I thought Great idea! but then I remembered that although this may be The Year of Acceptance, not everyone is there yet, and I wasn’t sure how others would react if I gave them this book. The thought made me nervous.
So this is my attempt to share the book with you. Advocating for what you believe in is not always easy and comfortable. But what would I be advocating if I only bought the book for myself, but was too timid to share it with others?
What do you think about this story?
Would you give My Princess Boy as a gift to someone with children?
How would you react if someone gave it as a gift to you?
* Please be honest with your answers – it’s okay if you don’t accept this idea of a little boy wearing dresses. Just remember to be respectful!