Let Them Be Little

I've received a lot of criticism lately about certain wardrobe selections I've made for my boys and the long length of their hair. Which is ironic, because I also hear compliments about styling choices and regularly have inquiries about where I like to shop for them. More often, the latter. However, the questions about when I plan to "chop their mops" and ridicule about dressing them in "emasculating" attire have become more frequent. I'm sure it's all in good fun and there are no hard feelings. (If there are I'm not feeling them.) Honestly, I find it amusing and don't take offense. I truly don't intend to start a debate here. This is merely feedback and my opinion on the matter. I'd love to know if other mom's hear the same? Or do you hold back from certain choices for fear of what grief you may receive?

I dress my boys in ways that speak to their personalities and for comfort. This summer, when it's a hundred and forty-seven degrees, I'm not going to think twice about putting BOSS in a romper. They're cool, comfortable and darn it they're just down right cute. The particular one in question is blue and neutral plaid. I'm not sure if it gets more gender neutral than that. I can see it reading as youthful and vintage-inspired, but feminine? I don't think so. Who cares if the item is actually marketed and sold in the girl's section? (Gasp!) I'm not putting pink bows in his hair or dressing him in a tutu. Heck, think about what male generations before us used to wear. It's interesting to me how times change. Boss is one year old. He's "cute". Why does he have to be "handsome" or "manly"? It's precious and endearing to dress him in sweet little things that are age appropriate. So what if he doesn't come across as masculine or tough? He is a baby. How's this teddy bear of a kid with an angel face supposed to look mean anyway?

As for the hair, I just can't bring myself to give them typical "big boy" haircuts yet. Gunner has some gorgeous blonde locks and I know the second we cut those curls he'll instantly look much older. Maybe it's selfish. I am warming up to the idea and a change is on the horizon, but not due to the pressure from others. For practicality, it'll be cooler if we get rid of some length. Or maybe we'll try the trending man bun? Until then, I'll let them be little. Hashtag longhairdontcare.

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