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    What do you feel like debating? That his boy should get to wear skirts and dresses? His motivation for wearing a skirt/dress to stand up for his son?

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    Yeah a little weird. I don't see a problem if a little boy wants to try on a dress at home for play or something, but I don't think I'd take him out in one. And a little weirder for the Dad to join in. Though in High School we were the Glasgow Scotties and the guys in the band all had to wear kilts. Some of the guys looked pretty hot in a kilt. Like it or not, if you wear something that isn't customary for the culture in your area or your gender people will think you are weird. Thats just the way it is.
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    I think it's pretty obvious, but I'll bite:
    Do you think this is a good parenting choice?

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    I'm still not entirely sure why the dad wears a skirt. Or how it helps his son.

    The soccer mom analogy is flawed. A soccer mom allows her child to participate. Maybe at home they play soccer together in the backyard. It doesn't mean she rushes out and joins a team herself.

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    I have no issue with the little boy wearing a skirt, not sure what the dad is doing in one. I think we should tell our kids to wear what makes them feel comfortable, so if the dad did not wear a skirt before he is sending a weird message.

    I have a little guy in my class that wants to dress very feminine, his parents let him choose within reason. He cant wear the high heels to school, but neither can the girls. The parents just treat it like it is not a big deal, and I love the way that they are with it
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    In the original article, the father states that they lived in a bigger city, and he occasionally wore a skirt for comfort with no issues. The son liked to wear dresses, and was happy to do so out in public. Then they moved to a smaller, more conservative town. Dad didnt want to ruffle feathers so he stopped wearing his skirt at all. The son wore his dress to preschool once and then stopped wearing them all together, as he was being made fun of by other kids. He finally came to his dad one day, and asked Dad to wear his skirt again. So they both put them on and went out in public. My understanding was that this kids self esteem really seemed to be taking a hit from this and he was being bullied about his choices. Dad wore the skirt to show his son that he wasnt ashamed of him or his choices. This in turn gave the son the confidence to stand up to the bullies and start wearing his dresses again when he was out on his own. I think this is a wonderfully unorthodox way to help a child who is a little bit different, without insisting that society make the changes to accommodate him (as I feel many parents do). By also wearing the skirt Dad is subjecting himself to comments and stares and teaching the child by example how to deal with them, and he is also presenting a united front to the world with his son, which I think is what families should do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    I think this is a wonderfully unorthodox way to help a child who is a little bit different, without insisting that society make the changes to accommodate him (as I feel many parents do). By also wearing the skirt Dad is subjecting himself to comments and stares and teaching the child by example how to deal with them, and he is also presenting a united front to the world with his son, which I think is what families should do.
    I agree with this. I think it's sweet. I mean, if you think about it, how dumb is it that we have societal rules about who can wear a tube of material (as opposed to two tubes) to cover the lower part of their bodies.
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    I think it was a fine choice. Standing up for your child when they aren't doing anything wrong is always the right parenting choice in my opinion.
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    Not sure what I think, it is very weird... But on the other hand I am very happy it is a conservative skirt and dress
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