Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Let Kids be Kids! (Who cares if they want to play dress up or wear something different?)





Honest Mom, a blogger I follow, shared the video posted below and comments,

"Let kids be kids. How these people can remove their child from a school showing tolerance and kindness (Christian values) is beyond me. So glad I'm raising open-minded, loving children who accept everyone for who they are, and what they want to wear."


Totally agree with the comment, "Why can't we let kids be kids?" When I was a child, I received a doll for Christmas, while my brother received a dump truck. Guess what? We played with those toys together. The doll got to ride in the truck and we didn't think about which was supposed to be a "girl" toy versus a "boy" toy. 


And heaven help me if I didn't get matchbox/hotwheels cars for both my sons and daughter. I loved playing with those too as a child.


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My three brothers survived being dressed up by their sisters for dramatic play, and my two sons have also tried on their sister's clothes. NO BIG DEAL! All three have t-shirts that they share, including their favorite music groups, movies, and themes.  


I also worked in Early Childhood Development for many years, and I would have never told a child, "That's only for a boy/girl." Firefighter hats mixed with princess dresses and painters pants mixed with oversized dress shirts donated by the parents. It's all part of having fun, and has nothing to do with how a child will "identify." 


I haven't gone on a rant before on this topic, but lately I have read too many misinformed comments on other blogs and face book pages. There is an incredible need for SOME individuals to group everyone either far left or far right, without understanding that there are many roads, mountains, and detours in the middle! There is a serious lack of appropriate application regarding cause and effect or even basic logic. 


There are many cultures where a "skirt" or "dress" type clothing is worn by males as well as females. 


Based on a Google search: (Comments 1-3)


1.What country do men wear skirts?
It's not socially acceptable in some places (North America and Europe, mostly), but in many other places men wear skirts and dresses as naturally as pants. Yukata are still popular in Japan, dhoti and lungi are popular in south India, kilts will never go out of fashion in Scotland.


2.What is the name of a man skirt?
A skirt worn by a man is still generally referred to as a kilt. While this term usually applies to the Scottish skirts worn by men, it applies in general as well. ... Egyptian kilts are generally called shendjyt (or shendyt), but in most references the word is followed by kilt.Apr 4, 2014


3.What is a Sulu?
A sulu is a type of kilt traditionally worn by men and women in Fiji. It is regarded as Fiji's national dress. It consists of a rectangle of cloth of varying length, between below-knee and ankle-length, wrapped around the hips and legs and traditionally fastened by tying at the waist.



Generalizations made by SOME individuals, bloggers, and face book posts could be viewed as dangerous, since they lead to judgement statements that come across as factual. How can any of us possibly assume that we have an understanding of all the components that go into gender identity, sexual orientation, or any topic for that matter?


I sure don't know about every topic, every variable, every issue, and every concern. I'm definitely not qualified to speak on translation of the bible, though I do know how challenging it can be to directly try to translate a sentence from one language to another. (So many nuances of language are lost when you take into consideration context, culture, and chronological events.) Yet we have people imposing their belief systems on others, criticizing concepts that are well out of their per view, and claiming righteous indignation under the guise of religious virtue. 


While each person does have an ability to exercise "free will" and state their opinions, beliefs, and core values, that doesn't mean they can remove "free will" from those who do not subscribe to their way of thinking. And please, do not quote from the bible in an effort to boost your view points and perceived understanding of right versus wrong. That's not how that works! 




 So...This is the video that started the discussion.



 Thank You Honest Mum http://honestmum.com/ 
for bringing attention to this.

 







1 comment:

  1. Very informative and I agree that children need to have the freedom to express themselves by playing dress up. My daughter actually loves playing with toy cars since her dad has some. It's great when they try new things.

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