Breaking Sterotypes

This week was my daughter’s birthdays, and I decided it was time to invest in some nail polish for them. I like to wear it, and they always ask if they can have some too. Since there is no way I want them to wear the adult polish yet, as it is smelly and takes way too long to dry, I figured if I can find a kids kit, then we can have some fun with painting our nails together.

First, let me tell you that finding a kids nail polish set is a pain in the butt in a small town. Neither Walmart or Shoppers had any. And then I ran out of options at 9 p.m., as that is the only time I had to go shopping for my children alone. Sadly, the twins birthday came and went without nailpolish. BUT! Good news, I found it the day after at Dollerama. Thank you Dollarama, for recognizing that four-year-olds want to wear nail polish too.

The girls were so excited about their nail polish, and almost as soon as we got home, we were into the polish and trying different colors. After my daughters were done, my son, now six, asked if he could have some too.

Here is where people might get stuck. Do you let your son wear nail polish? Without even thinking, I asked him what colors he wanted, and we had fun painting his nails. He was so excited about picking the colors and told me he was having so much fun. It was a great experience and now all my children are happily running around the backyard with multi-colored nails.

What bothers me is that I know that some of the kids in his class will probably say something mean to him if they know he is wearing nail polish. There is a stigma about boys doing more feminine things, STILL, even after all this progress has been made, and it is something that I’m not okay with. I remember my brother wearing nail polish when we were little because it was a fun thing to do with my three female cousins and myself. There is a very distinct memory in my mind of him loving his green nail polish with little puppies on the nails. He was happy, and so is my son.

Because we are in a smaller farming town, I have noticed that my son sometimes comes home talking about not liking girl dolls or super heroes. It makes me sad that there are still people out there who get stuck on gender stereotypes.┬áIt is my hope that my son will not see things as black and white, male and female as he grows, but a full spectrum of things that allow him to like whatever he likes and do whatever he wants to do. I’m not sure how long he will wear nail polish with his sisters, but I hope that as he grows, he remembers and understands that no matter where he goes, and what he does, everyone is different, and we don’t judge anyone based on appearances. Nail polish isn’t going affect who he is as a person.

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