Nils Pickert lives in a small, traditionally religious town in Germany. He also has a five-year-old son who enjoys wearing dresses and skirts and painting his nails. Instead of discouraging his son from expressing himself, Nils decided to be a strong, supportive role model… by wearing skirts himself.
Nils explains how his decision has helped his son, in a translation from Buzzfeed:
“After a lot of contemplation, I had only one option left: To broaden my shoulders for my little buddy and dress in a skirt myself. After all, you can’t expect a child at pre-school age to have the same ability to assert themselves as an adult. Completely without role model. And so I became that role model. [...]
And what’s the little guy doing by now? [...] He’s simply smiling, when other boys (and it’s nearly always boys) want to make fun of him, and says: “You only don’t dare to wear skirts and dresses because your dads don’t dare to either.” That’s how broad his own shoulders have become by now. And all thanks to daddy in a skirt.”
Here’s a sweet photo of the father-and-son duo: