When my son was 2, he proudly wore pearls and high-heeled shoes around the house. He also carried a purse.
Since his mom is a writer who works in the basement wearing her pajamas, rather than a gorgeous actress who works in movies wearing skintight jeans, no one was interested in my son’s cross-dressing.
But they sure are interested in Shiloh. What’s laughable is that Shiloh’s probably more in the norm than anyone would have you believe.
One of the kids in my son’s playgroup once wore his sister’s princess costume. Another boy we know told his mom he wanted to be a girl and asked to be called “Susie.” And a girl cousin I played with when I was little always insisted on being the “dad” when we played house.
Guess what? None of these kids have major gender issues now, a year or two (or more than two decades) later.
Good parents know that they have to let their kids explore, figure things out for themselves, and make their own decisions in order to grow.
Shiloh is all of 4 years old. She probably barely understands the difference between a boy and a girl, and if she’s anything like most kids, she idolizes her older siblings … two of whom happen to be boys.
If she’s still wearing a boys’ swimming suit in 10 years, yeah, maybe it’s news – I think we can all agree that teenage girls need to wear a top when they swim.
But speaking as the mom of one stubborn toddler and one cunning 5-year-old, I can say that sometimes it’s just easier and smarter to let the kids do what they want as long as no one’s getting hurt by it.
And no one is getting hurt by Shiloh’s short haircut or boy-trunks.
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