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'Princess Boy,' 5, Loves Wearing Dresses Inspires Mom to Publish Anti-Bullying Book

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- 3056 days ago -
''I look at myself in the mirror lately and I see this guy -- in earrings, pillbox hat, veil, maybe a choker of pearls, and I ask myself, '''Would a sane man dress like this?''' -Cpl. Klinger "MASH"


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Barb Knight (1685)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 3:15 pm
Please be sure to leave me a comment so I can tell who has noted. Thank you so much!

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1065)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 3:43 pm

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 3:48 pm
When my daughter was five years old, she thought that Santa was Black and Decker. She was totally into building things and never played with dolls but she turned out OK. She is a lovely young mother now. Thank for the story, Barb/

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 3:50 pm
I was a what they called a "Tom boy" when I was young...loved to dress up in dresses...and always was attracted to boys...but liked to climb trees and rode my bike for hours.
Boys got all the best toys at Christmas ! lololol
I am now the mother of 2 wonderful children and yes...I enjoy being a girl .
Love it when a man opens the door or gives me flowers : )
To each his or her own !

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 3:51 pm
Wow...Ya mean Black and Decker is not Santa ?????

Carol H (229)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 3:51 pm
thanks BarbCat, noted. I saw her on tv a couple of days ago, she is an awesome mom!

Michael C (217)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 4:11 pm
Noted, thanks Barb...

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 4:11 pm
I, too, was a Tomboy. I guess growing up on a farm, it was different.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 4:14 pm
It is always best to allow a child to find out who they are.

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 4:31 pm
One year for Christmas...I got a bunch of clothes for the doll I never played with. poor cat was the best dressed cat on the block ! lololol

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 4:34 pm
The poor cat's name was Puffy ! lololol

Patrizia S (315)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 4:48 pm
Thank you Barb

Jen S (121)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 4:50 pm
I think there may be more tolerance for girls, at least very young ones, to expand beyond the steroetypes. My mother was a beauty queen, even as a young woman and she never saw a designer suit she didn't love. I spent my childhood on a horse, with my animals, and up to my ears in art supplies. It made her crazy. It still makes her crazy.

Dalia H (1280)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 4:52 pm
Noted and Thank You so much for this Article my Beloved BarbCat. GOD Bless You!
Love this Kid:)
Much Love and Light,

Annie Cowling (116)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 5:04 pm
Thanks for posting BarbCat, hugs to you.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 5:24 pm
I remember when I wasn't very old, seeing these boys using a kitten like a ball with a bat. I went after them with all my teeth and nails and kicking punching, screaming. They were older boys who must have thought SHE'S CRAZY, they ran away I took the kitten home, my mom was so impressed with this long hair calico beauty. We had her till cancer took her 16 years later. So I guess I was just known as crazy:)

Cher C (1426)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 5:25 pm

Thnx sweetie!


James W (257)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 5:49 pm
He is five so what! Let him be a kid

Elisa M (93)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 5:56 pm

Bless these parents for being so open, and accepting of their son's choices. Hopefully this book will help other parents that may be going through something similar, and instead of being of fearful of judgments from others, they will to let their children just BE, without restrictions.

Thanks for posting Barb, and TY Charles for the forward :)

Kim O (396)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 6:05 pm
Viva tomboys!! I still like to play with cars!! I agree with James! Let the poor kid wear whatever he wants! As long as he's happy, what's the beef? Thanks Barb! Noted!!

Maru V (42)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 6:42 pm
Thank you Barb. I found this article very interesting and I have to read it twice,and try to analize it.
God bless you.Maru.

. (1)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 11:13 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Naoko i (257)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 12:13 am
When I was a kid, I never wore a skirt. (I had to wear it, though, in middle and highschools as a uniform) I didn't mind creepy insects or frogs. Didn't play with a doll, but a model car or pretending to be a pirate. I practiced Kendo, one of the martial arts (Japanese fencing), which was a little unsual for a girl. All the while dreaming of marrying one day to have a dozen kids!!
Now I'm married with (only) one son, but I'm satisfied.
Then this son had been very gentle, liked to wear red, pink and purple, and to keep his hair a bit long. Rarely got into fighting with other kids. Happy to help me cleaning or cooking.
Sometimes I wondered if there might be a time I would need to accept that he was going to be a gay, but it doesn't seem to be so now. Well, I would, if he is, anyway.

Victoria S (19)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 2:41 am
If the boy enjoys dressing like that, there is nothing wrong with it, and I'm glad his mother is so encouraging.

Jill Vickerman (416)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 3:02 am
Thanks Barb...I never liked wearing dresses, in fact I still why shouldnt it work the other way too. Glad his Mom is so supporting...thats the main thing...shes the rock for him.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 4:47 am
:-) Thanks for the article Barb.

Elaine R (132)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 5:31 am
Boys who dress young appreciate woman when older - so let boys dress

David Petrosky (113)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 5:42 am
I just saw a wonderful movie a week ago. "Bruno" -- not the one that came out in 2009, but the one directed by Shirley MacLain from 2000 about a very young boy;a spelling bee champion who could only compete when dressed as a girl. A delightful and touching (and overlooked) movie with a message. Tnanks for the post Barb.

Sharon Balloch (127)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 5:46 am
Makes you just want to hug that little guy he is so cute. Glad his Mom and Dad , especialy his Dad are seeing that this little boy is happy. Makes you want to hug his Mom and Dad too.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 5:49 am
I love it! Thanks, Barb.

Sci Fi (1)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 6:18 am
Who cares what he wears? He's not hurting anybody. Just because long ago some morons forced their beliefs on gender specific clothes onto us doesn't mean we have to abide by it. Girls wear pants now. Why can't boys wear dresses and skirts? Better a dress than gang symbols and colors.

Niki F (10)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 6:57 am
Something about this is just really messed up o_0

EchoRose G (170)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 8:05 am
Thank you Barb..hugs

Megan Beery (2)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 11:22 am
I remember one of my friends, a boy, wearing an ankle length skirt to school one day, but he got so much crap for wearing it, from kids and teachers, that he never wore it again.

Susan Pernot (75)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 12:01 pm
Noted, bless these parents for being open and letting their son be an individual.

Nancy sands (448)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 1:13 pm
My daughter's friend wants to be a transvestite-he comes to my place so she can put makeup on him-He's hiding from his parents.He's 14.

Beth Tatum (95)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 1:44 pm
What a great story! His parents should be commended for allowing him to be himself!

Patricia Myers (73)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 1:46 pm
thanks so much barb another great share

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 2:40 pm
Accepting a child who is not inclined to be what the world defines as normal is the best thing any parent can do. Letting their little boy be himself earns these parents an "A" in my book! If only there ere more of these parents around!

Shirley H (49)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 2:46 pm
I agree with Niki. I watched this story on the Today Show, and I felt sorry for the little boy especially when Meridith asked him to twirl in his Tutu . Am sure I am reading too much into this, but I can't help but feel the little boy was being exploited.
Shirley H.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 3:12 pm
I have mixed feelings about this.
I personally would encourage him to dress as a boy for now ( it would make his life easier)
If at puberty, he still seems to be so inclined, then it's time to let him be who he is . . . . .

Ann Breeden (65)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 3:18 pm
I think he's going through a phase as all children do. The less attention that's put on it the sooner he'll change.
I guess all little boys go through this. My son did and now he's a dad with a beautiful little girl. O, and he's a blacksmith.

Mark H (44)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 3:33 pm
Well, if he's American, he has the odds against him being happy anyway, stats show. Only individual natural expression and feelings can save us. The dominant social model is a killer in every way. Thanks for posting this. According to Mr. Izzard, this certainly does not mean he's gay, but so what?

. (0)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 3:50 pm
Thank you for posting, Barb hun xxx

Anna Clayton (4)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 4:38 pm
So sweet! It is really wonderful that there is so much support out there. Noted!

Bruce Eyster (62)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 4:45 pm
Hmmmmmm,. a lot of denial in some of these posts , to the point of homophobic , I'd say .
I think the sooner people embrace others , despite differences , the better .
People can hide behind religious beliefs , traditional standards , stereotypes and all other kinds of inadequiciies but the fact is that sexual deversities have always existed and aren't going away .
I applaud this family and their ability to let their son find himself .

Kate K (215)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 4:48 pm
I saw him and his mom on TV. What a great mom to not let her own stuff get in the way and his dad too and let him be who he i. Maybe he will grow up to be blacksmith like Ann's son or maybe he'll be grow up to be a lovely gay man. In the end it doesn't matter. Many boys like girls dresses-they're colorful. The important thing is that he gets to be who he is without being shunned and humiliated by his parents. If all parents were that caring we'd have a much healthier world. Parents are not responsible for all the problems but it sure helps if they are there to help and guide the way to self confidence and independence,

minkie amoroso (10)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 5:08 pm
I somehow think alot of people think it's ok for a girl to be a tomboy,. But NOT ok for a boy to be a Fairy Boy.

I knew a kid like that when I was growing up. When he got to be a teen ager, He killed himself in his Best Dress, diamonds, stocking and Heals.
It was really sad that he couldn't be WHO HE WAS and be excepted. But when he died, ALL the PHONIES came out. Now THAT'S ASHAME

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 5:48 pm
Noted , thank goodness he has understanding parents , he is cute !!

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 6:48 pm
how about a book featuring all the Scotts, Romans, etc who wore "skirts", and the men Middle East, Asia, Phoenicians, Romans etc that wore "dresses" and those Gauls, Africans, etc who wore nothing at all?
Think about men who play around with textiles all day--they are called tailors!
My Dad took a crocheting class with a bunch of elderly ladies his age- lots of eyeball rolling, but he was good at it! Men used to net fishing nets- no eye ball rolling. Men have always been weavers, you've probably eatten at restaurents with dishes prepared by men. So much for gender specific.
Maybe this little guy will also take up karate, and set any mockers/bullies crying off to the school nurse!

Peggy A (109)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 7:29 pm
Thanks Barb for this wonderful story.Loved the comments too

Lisa H (180)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 7:30 pm
Interesting to me that so many comments note "I was a tomboy, but its ok, now I'm a mom." and "Oh, my son had a doll, but it's ok, now he's straight". I too was a tomboy, grew up to be a mom and a perfectly happy DYKE! Who cares what he grows up to be? If he wants to be a princess, LET HIM BE A FREAKING PRINCESS! Boys can be princesses too, just like girls can be welders.

Nora J (229)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 8:04 pm
I'd rather see him in a pink dress than running around with a toy machine gun playing pretend war games. I sometimes think if there was a bit less of the raging testosterone hormone in the world, we would live in a far more peaceful and pleasant environment. No offence meant to all the great men on Care2 (lol).

Perla A (9)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 10:35 pm
I love the vision of that mom.!!!!!

desanka s (416)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 4:48 am
Real princess! I think is sweet. Thanks BarbCat.

Carole Chowen (0)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 9:45 am
An inspiring family, especially big brother Dkobe. They are already making a contribution to a better world.

Jhn Wzt (3)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 12:09 pm
well as long as hes happy with it i dont see any prolems with it at all

Krasimira B (175)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 1:01 pm
He has understanding parents and it is great! Noted with thanks.

Krasimira B (175)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 1:02 pm
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Trish K (93)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 2:49 pm
Loving parents & Freedom of expression. May diversity reign.

Rebecca Stover (33)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 10:26 pm
Noted and tweeted. Unconditional love is the right of every child. Straight, gay, bi, transgendered, transexual, transvestite, or just plain old different. Great story, great parent, great lesson. If we could just rid the world of bullies. Never look at the outside, look at the inside of the person. Thank you Barb!

Pippa Collins (34)
Friday January 14, 2011, 3:55 pm
awww..he has such kind and caring parents...i wish mine were as accpting when i was growing up.... my life would have been so much easier

Marie Therese H (10)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 12:57 pm
So he's attracted to to what's pretty! There's no particular meaning in that and if there should be later, well so what? Fortunately this boy fell in the hands of well adjusted, intellegigent parents.
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