A few weeks ago, I posted about that tearjerker of a commercial— the #likeagirl ad campaign for Always. If you haven't seen it yet (because you've fallen in a sinkhole and were just recently rescued or something), go watch it now.
In response, people posted hundreds of photos on my fanpage of their badass daugthers climbing, throwing, racing #likeagirl. But there were other photos too. Photos of little boys playing house, wearing princess dresses, vacuuming the living room #likeaboy.
I know #likeaboy doesn't exactly have the same connotation as #likeagirl because the point of the original commerical was that we need to turn #likeagirl from a bad thing into a good thing. But when boys partake in so called "girl activities" it shouldn't be looked upon negatively either. It's important to praise boys for being sensitive and nurturing, just like we praise girls for being strong.
As a reader named Tiffany commented, "There needs to be a male counterpoint about #manningup. I'm so tired of hearing people tell my son what he can and cannot play with because it's not boy enough. When he was two-years-old, he fell in love with a stick unicorn. It was a soft plush toy with a big honking sparkly horn. I bought it for him immediately. I remember him walking around with his prize possession and people stopping me to say that letting him play with 'girlie toys' will make him gay. First off, who the hell cares. Second, he was two. He had no clue of gender roles and what's appropriate for a boy. He just liked what he liked. I can't tell you how many times I've heard a man tell my sensitive little guy to 'man up', as if having emotions is only a female thing."
It's also interesting to realize how much we as parents determine what our kids play with. I noticed Mazzy always beelining for the matchbox cars at her friend Charlie's house before I realized she needed her own set.
Kids are kids. Most like to try new things and don't think along gender lines. We shouldn't either.
Here are 42 awesome photos of little boys showing off their sparkles, their nurturing side, and their housekeeping abilities. Kudos to all the parents who are most proud of their kids when they are acting like themselves.
Having a tea party #likeaboy:
Baking a cake #likeaboy:
Trying on heels #likeaboy:
Meeting Cinderella for the first time #likeaboy:
Taking Ernie for a stroll #likeaboy:
Accessorizing with feathers #likeaboy:
Getting your nails done #likeaboy:
Taking ballet class #likeaboy:
Feeling regal #likeaboy:
Feeding the baby #likeaboy:
Showing off a maniucre #likeaboy:
Helping big sis with the doll pram #likeaboy:
Walking a flamingo #likeaboy:
Rocking a Snow White costume #likeaboy:
Feeding teddy #likeaboy:
Choosing two red bows at Build-a-Bear #likeaboy:
Wearing pink #likeaboy:
Painting his own toenails #likeaboy:
Cleaning house #likeaboy:
Layering necklaces #likeaboy:
Frosting cookies #likeaboy:
Watching Frozen #likeaboy:
Wearing wings to meet Tinkerbell #likeaboy:
Carrying a purse #likeaboy:
Tucking in his babies #likeaboy:
Swiffering the floor #likeaboy:
Playing with Barbies #likeaboy:
Modeling a nightgown #likeaboy:
Playing My Little Pony #likeaboy:
Carrying his baby out to the car #likeaboy:
Testing out mom's breast pump #likeaboy:
Trying on Mom's bra #likeaboy:
Trying on jewelry #likeaboy:
Rockin' polka dots #likeaboy:
Being nuturing #likeaboy:
Blowing on nails to make them dry #likeaboy:
Wearing a tutu #likeaboy:
Kissing goodbye #likeaboy:
Making funny faces #likeagirl #likeaboy #likeakid:
Here's to kids being kids.