Picture it: your little guy gets a duplicate toy for this birthday and you take him to the store to return it, telling him he can pick something else. It's your choice, you tell him. You choose whatever you want...
But what happens if he chooses what four-year-old Isaiah Willis chose? Would you still let him buy it, or would you try to talk him into getting something else instead?
Or like dad Mikki, do you confound what society says little boys should want, and just roll with it?
There are so many things to admire about this viral video...
The dad who openly vows to love and support his kids no matter what or who they choose to be. The giddy excitement in Isaiah's eyes that comes from knowing he's unconditionally accepted - or OK, because he just got the brand new toy he really wanted.
In this house, we're a total mixed bag.
My six year-old doesn't own a single doll (because he's never expressed interest), yet he'll happily shifts between watching Blaze the Monster Truck and Little Charmers. And frankly I like it that way.
Though I wish children's shows and toys weren't so obviously marketed at one gender or another, the mishmash helps round out my son's interests and who knows, maybe his character, too.
"I let my boys choose their life," explains Mikki, "that’s how momma and I are, we just say whatever. We say yeah."
We at YMC say hell YEAAAAAH!
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