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Is it harmful for a 4 yo boy to occasionally dress in female clothing

 
 
shellt
 
Reply Fri 18 Oct, 2013 03:09 am
We are a straight family, he just thinks its fun, some family members think its stage and some hate it.
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Pearlylustre
 
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Reply Fri 18 Oct, 2013 03:16 am
@shellt,
No. Why would it be harmful? And what does you being straight have to do with anything?
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vonny
 
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Reply Fri 18 Oct, 2013 03:46 am
@shellt,
What's wrong with dressing him in boy's clothing?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 18 Oct, 2013 06:17 am
@shellt,
What is a straight family?

Whose business is it except the child's what he wears?
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Fri 18 Oct, 2013 10:32 am
@shellt,
There are just too many variable here: when is he doing this? I only ask because I wonder if this is during play time with lots of choices or is he wanting to wear these clothes to school? Does he have older sisters who play with him?

It also is important that he not be shamed in any way for the choices he makes. Sounds like the adults around him need counseling.

My son was brought up with a strong willed older sister and her best friend who used to make him into any kind of role they wanted him to be when they were playing, many times with costumes. It usually was playing house or theater. I remember him storming into the house and yelling, "That's it. I'm not going to be the grandma." He was about 4 at that time.

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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 18 Oct, 2013 01:51 pm
@shellt,
shellt wrote:

We are a straight family, he just thinks its fun, some family members think its stage and some hate it.

If you're that bothered with it, let the child play dress up at home and not out in public. Either way there's nothing wrong with playing dress up and don't read anything into it. He's only four years old for Pete's sake. Plus keep the proverbial haters away from this child as their undereducated/uneducated opinion need not poison the lovely and imaginative nature of this playful kid.
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saab
 
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Reply Sat 19 Oct, 2013 03:20 am
@shellt,
What should be wrong doing that?
Girls dress up as boys and boys as girls when playing.
If some female family member in jeans/slacks hate it - tell them they dress as men and should stop nagging your little boy.
(PS Privately I do not mind women in jeans)
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 19 Oct, 2013 06:25 am
@shellt,
shellt wrote:

We are a straight family, he just thinks its fun, some family members think its stage and some hate it.


No, it's not harmful.
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