These belong to my 2-year-old son. Why? Because he loves Disney’s Frozen with reckless abandon. As soon as I get home from work: “Can watch Leddy Go, Dad?” I’m sure Disney backmasks subliminal messages into the main song. There’s no other explanation. Yes, my boy loves Elsa and Anna and I support him in his obnoxious obsession.
He plays with girl toys?! Some dads fear this would cause their boys to grow up effeminate. Some refuse to let their sons join ballet or sing in choir because these activities aren’t manly enough… meanwhile the mother, who has an absolute passion for the arts, is robbed of the opportunity of seeing her sons exercising their inherited talents. The rationale varies, but the most common objection I hear is, “I don’t want my son growing up to be a sissy.”
Please realize that it’s not your child’s interests that measure the man, it’s your child’s heart. Does my oldest son have an inherent desire to play with Barbies? Nope. Would he play with them for his sisters sake? Yep. Would he “man-up” and deny that it ever happened? Absolutely not. He’s altogether confident in who he is. This boldness is what wins the respect of his peers! He’s a defender who stands up for others and doesn’t distinguish between the outcast and the popular. He’s learned to appreciate the interests of others and I couldn’t be prouder as a parent.
You can force your sons to play with G.I. Joes, but inwardly they’re pelting the world with frozen snowballs. Give your kids the freedom to be honest about their interests… otherwise, they become the living embodiment of Conceal – Don’t Feel. In my estimation, there’s no greater definition of weakness.
TL;DR – Prohibitions that are more about saving face than protecting innocence will inevitably lead to true frailty.