I recently published a post called “Is That Your Baby?” about how my young son cares for his baby, Max and the reactions he has received and the comments I have endured.
I discovered the book My Princess Boy some time ago and I think now is a good time to share it with you. My Princess Boy is a simple story about a four-year old boy who likes pink, to dress up like a ballerina and what he loves most of all, is to pretend that he is a princess. The powerful story touches upon the ridicule and looks he endures as well as his confusion as to why anyone would laugh at him for dressing up as a “Princess Boy”. I love that the characters in the story have no faces. It underscores that “My Princess Boy Is Your Princess Boy”. Your child may wear something or do something or be something that is considered “different”, it doesn’t have to be dressing up like a Princess. Cheryl Kilodavis’ message to all of us is to love your child no matter what, and teach your child to be kind, accepting and tolerant of others.
After all what is “normal” to some, may be “different” to others. My Princess Boy is a true story about Ms. Kilodavis’ son and after her book was published in 2009, it has been used over and over as a “must read” during anti bullying discussions and lessons on tolerance. My favorite line, the one that resonated with me the most is,
“Our Princess Boy is happy because we love him for who he is.”
Well said Ms. Kilodavis, thank you for the reminder that we don’t need to fit our child into society’s expectations but to teach society to celebrate us as individuals.
We’d love to hear from you, leave a comment below sharing with us How you teach your child to accept others.
Visit My Princess Boy‘s facepage fan page if you’d like to discuss “tolerance” and have your voice heard.
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