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Old 03-05-2013, 12:07 PM   #31
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My ds just saw me painting dds fingernails and toenails on Sunday. He asked if he could get his painted also, dh was right here and told ds that nail polish was for girls. He didn't seem effected. I told ds if he really wanted some I'd do his toes and he said no lol. Maybe this is something your dh can talk with him about. There is no doubt he will get made fun of. Kids are mean.

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Yes, but the reality is that most kids are teased at least a bit through childhood...even the ones who only subscribe to gender roles. Kids tease each other....it may not be nice but it is reality.
I agree with everything you said. It's a personal decision for us to raise our kids with our values (one being gender roles)- its not because we're worried they would be made fun of. We homeschool so it's kind of a non-issue. OP asked how we handle these things and even though I don't have the most popular answer I think it's good to hear each side when making a decision.

I agree with OP that if she's going to allow him to have painted nails then it's fair to explain the social norm and allow him to make his own decision.
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I think you can simultaneously encourage confidence and direct him away from the nail polish. You can explain that while you agree that nail polish is pretty fun, some boys will be really mean about nail polish if he wears it and that you would feel responsible for their ridicule if you let him go with his nails painted. You can say that when he is older he will have enough experience to inform some style decisions that for now you need to make for him. I'm probably not saying that simply enough, but you get the idea. There are complex decisions that adults make for kids all the time from their vantage of having had more experience, and while this one may feel like it is stifling his creativity, I honestly think the shaming on the playground would be much more stifling (and much more apt to produce his own adopted disdain of girls and all things girlie) than your gentle reasoning would be.
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I agree with everything you said. It's a personal decision for us to raise our kids with our values (one being gender roles)- its not because we're worried they would be made fun of. We homeschool so it's kind of a non-issue. OP asked how we handle these things and even though I don't have the most popular answer I think it's good to hear each side when making a decision.

I agree with OP that if she's going to allow him to have painted nails then it's fair to explain the social norm and allow him to make his own decision.
I appreciate you sharing your point of view! I was definitely looking for all types of responses to consider.
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