When Rheann MacLaren went with her 3-year-old son to pick out a toy she never expected to have to defend his choice. But she did--and now her beautiful and passionate note to the stranger she met that day is going viral.
Of the experience, Rheann told Love What Matters, "I believe the most important part of parenting is making sure you encourage and love your child in all ways.
"Encouraging his choices and interests is something his dad and I take very seriously. Letting his imagination run wild and play with toys that make him happy is part of being a normal kid and we would never, ever put him down or belittle him for choosing something girly."
To the customer in the toy shop:
I saw the looks you gave me and my three year old son today. I saw the way you watched him pick out the pink dolls pram and push it round the shop with pure joy. I saw the way you came over frowning at a child simply enjoying a toy.
I listened as you tried to belittle my son for his choice of toy.
"Oh you don't want that, it's just for girls, not boys! It's all pink and girly. There's cars and dinosaurs over there, why would you want that girly thing?!"
That's what you felt you had the right to say to a small child who you'd never met before in your life. I was about to have a go at you, tell you off for being so judgmental and critical of a small child - but my boy got there first, and answered you so much better than I could've;
"Cos I like it"
It's literally that simple. It's not about the colour of it, the labels behind it, the way it looks... It's about the fact my child looked at it and thought it looked fun to play with.
He pushed it all the way home from the shop proud as punch with his new toy, he told me about how he's going to put his baby dolly in it and push it to the shops for its milk, because yes, shock horror, my son has a dolly too. His favourite toys are his cars, his trucks, his bus... He love dinosaurs and monsters, he's happiest when he's outside playing in the mud and puddles.. But sometimes he likes to play with a doll and pram, he'll play in the toy kitchen and pretend to do ironing, he likes pink things and watches with fascination when I put my make up on.
Am I worried? No, not in the slightest. My child will grow up a well rounded, accepting boy who will NEVER feel pressured to conform to gender stereotypes.
I really hope you saw how happy he looked as he walked out the shop with his girly pink dolls pram and think twice about saying anything similar to a complete stranger again."
Photo Credit: Rheann MacLaren/Facebook