When mum Shona Campbell dropped her little boy Harry off at nursery, she says she was upset to hear another mum laughing along with her child about the fact that her son was wearing heart-shaped socks.
And now the mum of 3-year-old Harry has taken the parent to task on social media for what she calls her “narrow mindedness”.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Shona explains to the mum:
“You may have thought I didn’t hear you but let me assure you I did!! When your child pointed out my SON had love hearts on his socks, and mocked them for being GIRLS socks you absolutely tore apart my faith in this world, because you agreed and laughed along with your child.
“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.”
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!!…
Shona goes on to says she really doesn’t appreciate people poking fun at her boy, and makes it clear she’s all for Harry wearing what he chooses:
“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, and anyone else that thinks it’s ok to specify gender in clothes/toys etc, see’s this and hopes narrow mindedness is replaced with open mindedness.”
Shona’s post received many, many comments supporting, with one mums saying:
“Says more about her parenting than Harry’s socks – really, it is ridiculous the way sum ppl go on, see if he wants to wear bows in his hair who cares what harm is he doing? None, hope u and Harry are ok xx.”
Another said: “Society has shaped us to believe what is right for boys and girls. It sucks! We need to all just let our kids BE, and find themselves, not fit into a box that someone made up.”
Well, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.