So What If Your Son Wants to Wear a Princess Costume

Who are these masked babes? They are children simply using their imaginations. Please don’t place your own insecurities on these kids.

My children love to dress-up in costumes day and night. The children in my daycare also love putting together creative costumes. I make it a point not to interfere in their creative process because it is so much fun watching them use their imaginations to create elaborate games based on the outfits they select.

Over the years doing daycare, however, I have learned that not everyone is as open to this creative process if it impedes on traditional sensibilities about gender roles. In other words, many parents loathe the idea of their sons wearing princess costumes or high heels.

I know there are many differing opinions on this subject, but I truly believe that parents should stay out of their children’s creative play. So what if your son experiments with a tutu and a frilly hat. So what if your daughter wants to be a pirate or a knight instead of a princess.

Just because your child likes to play pretend with costumes does not mean he or she will bare scars or become confused. I think a parent’s opposition is based in ignorance and fear.

Today on DC Metro Mom, I write about my thoughts on this subject and share a story about a former daycare client that shocked me into the realization that even playing in a toy kitchen can create controversy.

Please visit “Allow Your Children to Play Dress-Up Without Perpetuating Gender Stereotypes” to read more.

You can join the discussion on the Tiny Steps Mommy Facebook page.




  1. Absolutely! A large part of how kids explore their identity is by playing with who they are not. If we’re ok with them pretending to be a bear, why not the opposite sex? Why not let them redefine their gender roles with the strongest parts of all the traditional roles?

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