It’s apparent that in this day and age, parents are willing to go against the gender norms so that their child can grow up in an environment where they are open to whatever they choose they want to dress or act like.
Lots of parents are now more comfortable with allowing their children to explore their gender identity and are stopping the usual ways of bringing up a child based on the gender they were born.
This isn’t just happening with babies, it’s become a huge deal across the world for people to explore and understand their gender identity. It’s no longer a subject of confusion but more of a normal conversation and feeling amongst people.
A mother who strongly believes a child should decide who they want to identify as and who is determined to change the way parenting works is Brittany McCabe.
Brittany, says that such activities, one that includes her painting her sons mails, says it’s a fun thing to do and has made the pair closer than ever. Some may agree that just doing the usual things with your children is enough to bond, though.
Brittany explained in a recent blog that she first started painting her two-year-old songs nails after he wanted the same bonding time and activity that he saw his older sister Jackie and his mom doing. Brittany says that her son wanted to join in.
Brittany proceeded to paint her songs nails a number of different colours and he was so pleased with results and the fun time they had spent together.
“Because of my son’s positive experience with getting his nails coloured, it has become one of his most beloved activities. I even launched my own line of non-toxic nail polish for kids because my son loves it so much. He now attempts to paint his nails on his own, with a little help and supervision on my end.”
“As a mom, there is nothing better than watching your child experience those moments where they try new things and see cause and effect in a whole new light. As a child development specialist for the last 15 years, working one-on-one with children from birth to 8 years old, I know just how important it is to give kids a creative outlet and allow them the freedom to express themselves.”
Children learn through play and it’s critical to provide a wide variety of ways for them to explore, test, and create. Art, in particular, is a great way to help a child make sense of their feelings and the world around them. And supporting the way kids have chosen to express themselves helps boost their self-esteem, too.”
“But aside from that, my manicure and pedicure sessions with my son is also our time for parent-child bonding, which is important for emotional stability, growth, and development.”
“Spending time with my son painting nails is certainly not conventional, but in my house, we focus on what is developmentally appropriate and fun rather than old-fashioned gender roles.”
Brittany has since noticed that the boys who play in the same park are now painting their nails and she really hopes that they are having a wonderful bonding time like she has had with her son.