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Mom says she’s heartbroken after husband gets angry over 5-year-old son’s painted nails


A mother admitted she didn’t know how to deal with her husband’s attitude and behavior towards their 5-year-old son after he came home from preschool with painted nails.

Posting on the “r/parenting” subreddit, she claimed her husband ruined her son’s joy after scolding him and his kindergartener for allowing him to wear nail polish.

Her husband said it was “disgusting” that their 5-year-old son was allowed to have his nails painted.

In her Reddit post, she explained that her 5-year-old son recently came home from preschool and was really excited to get his nails painted. Her kindergarten had set up a “pretend nail salon” and allowed all children the opportunity to have their nails painted.

“My son thought it was really cool and he was really excited,” she recalls. However, his son’s enthusiasm quickly waned after his father returned home, and he was immediately irritated that his son’s preschool would allow him to have his nails painted.

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The 5-year-old’s father went on a rant and claimed it was “disgusting” for men to have their nails painted, and that such a thing was only allowed for girls and boys. women. He even went so far as to say he would call his son’s kindergarten to complain.

Her son’s enthusiasm eventually turned to dismay upon hearing how angry his father was, and now his mother is wondering how she should handle this situation because she is “heartbroken” for her son and the fact that her father has an outdated view of gender norms and expression. .

People agree that the mother must comfort and validate her son in the face of her husband’s view of masculinity.

“This happened to my son too, thanks to my ex-husband. My son loves getting his nails done by his sisters, but he’s petrified of other people’s opinions now,” one Reddit user shared. “All I do is encourage him and support him. I tell him that if he wants it done, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. It’s a good bonding moment with his sisters.”

Another user added: “I will never understand how someone would be so angry at children playing. Things only became ‘boy or girl’ things because adults decided they should ‘were. The kids didn’t care if they were playing ‘gender-appropriate’ things.”

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“Your spouse clearly has serious issues about his own masculinity which he is projecting onto your poor innocent son. Get your husband into therapy,” a third user added.

Traditional gender norms have not only forced boys and men to be stoic, strong and unapologetic, but also to view certain activities and choices as exclusively reserved for one gender. Allowing boys to paint their nails can challenge these stereotypes and send a powerful message that there are no such things as “girl” or “boy” things, especially when it comes to painting nails.

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As parents, it is their duty to encourage a child’s decisions and choices as long as they bring them joy and happiness. To feel safe, children need to know that their individuality and self-expression are respected by their parents instead of being obscured.

Just because a boy paints his nails doesn’t mean his sexuality should be questioned, and even if that were true, there’s nothing wrong with that either.

Not all traits of masculinity are harmful, but it is important to recognize the elements that breed toxicity, which does not allow young boys to embrace all of their interests, because there should always be room for children who wish to participate in the multiple expressions that accompany masculinity. gender.

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Nia Tipton is a Chicago-based entertainment, news, and lifestyle writer whose work focuses on today’s issues and experiences.


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