"Princess Boy": Mom's Book About Cross-Dressing 5-Yr-Old

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Cheryl Kilodavis talked to the TODAY Show on Monday about her new book, My Princess Boy, which was inspired by her 5-year-old son Dyson's love of pink, sparkly dresses.

Here is the tidbit of the interview that most grabbed me:

<What do you say to parents who argue that it's important to have boys and girls dress traditionally, for the sake of minimizing bullying at school?

I understand that we all want life to be easy for our children.  I want that too.  But I don’t think bullying will stop if my son wears traditional boy clothes.  We need a wakeup call. America needs one.  The world needs one.  We need to start asking ourselves why we are condemning people and things just because they are different and make us feel uncomfortable.  Bullying is taking lives. It is unacceptable. Period.  We must stop standing by while others are being harmed for expressing themselves. Our children are teaching us how to accept them every day.  We all want our children to live in a world where they can express themselves without harming anyone else or being harmed.

At any point has the response you received caused you or your husband to second-guess your decision to support Dyson's preferences?

No.  As Dean puts it - we can’t lose.   If we support him now and he changes his mind and stops dressing up later, he can look back and say I can’t believe I did that, but I am so glad my parents and brother loved me and supported me.  Or if he continues, he can say I am so glad my parents and brother loved me and supported me even when I was young.  Either way, we love and support Dyson.  It’s a win-win.

I was reading some of the comments Kilodavis was receiving on the TODAY Show website and Facebook. I respect the way she and her husband are steadfast in their support of their son. Here is what Kilodavis had to say on Facebook:

Day 2 of January 2011, and I am already getting emails asking when am I going to "change my son" and when will I tell him "he can't wear dresses because it's not a societal norm". I say the same thing over and over...we love and support him for who he is and how he chooses to look. I encourage people to read the My Princess Boy book - then discuss. The road less traveled is very bumpy! Yet again, to acceptance!

Good for her. What say you? Have you read her book, My Princess Boy? I made sure to order a copy and will post a review here.


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