Halloween is that time of year when both young and old can be whoever they want to be. A pirate? A Basketball star? A Dinosaur? A superhero? A princess or a fairy? There’s no limit to one’s creativity in coming up with ideas and making costumes for your kids and for the whole family. Unless you want society to dictate who you shouldn’t be, right? Wrong.
That didn’t stop this dad-and-son from celebrating the most fun holiday of the year.
Three-year-old Caiden Henson wanted to dress up as Frozen’s Elsa for Halloween, and his dad Paul Henson took this idea to heart—and more. He took his son costume-shopping for the Snow Queen of Arendelle and even offered to accompany his son trick-or-treating dressed as Elsa’s sister Anna.
“Anyone that knows us knows we generally let Caiden make his own choices, to an extent. Well, he has decided on a Halloween costume. He wants to be Elsa. He also wants me to be Anna. Game on.
“Keep your masculine bullshit and slutty kids’ costumes, Halloween is about children pretending to be their favorite characters. Just so happens, this week his is a princess,” Paul wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
Accompanying the post is a photo of Caiden trying on an Elsa costume. As of today, his post already has over 27,000 shares, plus 130 comments and counting.
Paul didn’t expect the huge response from his post. He says he and Caiden’s mom have always been firm believers of destroying stereotypes. He also adds that as parents, “it should be second nature to support your child.”
And support his child he definitely will, come Hallow’s eve. Paul and Caiden are currently putting together the most awesome gender-bending trick-or-treat.
This is a perfect example of parent-and-child interaction that can be crucial in forming a bias-free outlook in kids. Children begin to form their own concept of being a boy or a girl by age one. However, most experts agree that a child’s environment plays a big factor in this.
Mom and dad should switch household chores once in a while, so the kids see that both men and women are equally capable of a lot of things. Both boys and girls should also be allowed to express emotion, like, for example, crying when they feel hurt, and to play any sports they like, whatever it is. Choosing the toys the kids play with has a big impact, too, as is picking what kind or color of shirt to wear.
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As authors Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, and Sandee Hathaway write in their book, What to Expect: The First Year, “It is possible to raise children who are not ‘sexist’ in their points of view, who have respect for both males and females, who will choose their future life roles not on the basis of stereotypes (of any kind) but on the basis of their own personal strengths and desires—and who, no matter what their gender, will be nurturing in their relationships.”
Sources: October 8, 2015. “Little Boy Dressed in Elsa Costume Goes Viral” (yahoo.com) October 7, 2015. “You Have to See This Dad's Reaction to His Son Dressing Up as Frozen's Elsa For Halloween” (popsugar.com)