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A charm bracelet, a boy, and my beliefs questioned

I have a thing for charm bracelets lately – and by ‘thing’ I mean I obsess over them. It is impossible to live in our house and not be caught up in a conversation about these charm bracelets.

So when my nine-year-old son asked me for a charm bracelet of his own I wasn’t surprised by the question – but I was surprised by my answer of ‘no.’

Until that moment when my boys had asked for anything regarded by the consensus as ‘for girls’ my answer was always ‘yes.’ They’ve worn nail polish, I’ve bought them makeup kits, and bought them dolls, toy change tables and prams to play with. For a little while my youngest son’s favourite outfit was his Dora dress.

This article first appeared in Essential Baby, to read the rest, click here.

 

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