Boys and Their Manicures

While at our local Old Navy store today we stumbled upon a back to school celebration being hosted by Today’s Parent Magazine.

It was a great time! There was a craft station, an XBox Kinnect station – and by the way, I want one – and a manicure station.

Big and Small have both been begging for green nails. However, my forgetfulness has gotten in the way. Basically, I keep forgetting to pick up green nail polish.

So when they saw the manicure station at the store today, they were all over it.

No biggie, right? I mean is it really that abnormal these days for boys to get their nails done?

Sadly, the answer is yes.

I overheard a couple of ladies, moms, say they couldn’t believe I was allowing my boys to get their nails done. Especially with a camera crew being around. Apparently, I was setting them up.

For what?

When the boys asked to get their nails done I didn’t hesitate for a moment. They were excited, and it meant I wouldn’t have to do it. A win-win in my books.

But I won’t lie. It bothered me that strangers were making assumptions about my parenting.

My kids, my boys, are confident, well adjusted and expressive. They knew what they wanted and they went for it. They weren’t worried about what the norm was or what others would think of them. They chose the colors they wanted and chatted with their manicurist as if they’d done this a thousand times.
Completely unaware of the ignorance of others.

And while I was contemplating dealing with this face to face, I remembered this core value from work that really speaks to me: YOU BE YOU, AND I’LL BE ME.

I pray that my children adopt this value and apply it to every single aspect of their lives.

Obviously, my prayers are being answered.

I’ve had many proud mama moments.

Seeing my boys getting their first mani can now be added to that list.

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Update (August 19, 2012) : Several parents stopped me at the park today to say how cool it was that my boys had their nails done. Hallelujah! Open minds prevail!

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