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My Princess Boy Revisited

A few months ago I wrote about a young boy that liked to wear dresses. His mother, Cheryl Kilodavis actually wrote a book about her son, Dyson and called it  My Princess Boy. Her self-published book has now been picked up by a major publisher and it now has a greater distribution. She and her son appeared on the Today Show this morning. Meredith Vieira asked her why did she write the book and she repliedTwo things. 1) I wanted to get the dialogue started about embracing uniqueness and 2) Simply, I wanted to create a space in our world where my son would be accepted for who he is.  My turning point was when [8-year-old son] Dkobe said to me, “Why can’t you just let him be happy, Mom?”  I realized at that moment that this was my issue, not his, and not Dyson’s nor [husband] Dean’s.  After taking a second to do some self-searching, I realized I had years of preconceived notions from my childhood, spiritually and culturally.  After journaling, I printed a prototype of my book at a local copy center and used it as a tool to share my feelings. It explained how exclusion hurts, and how even a basic level of acceptance can really change lives.  I showed it to a few people, and it was as if they got it — instantly. This was about a child’s happiness… and if it worked for me, I thought it might work for other parents too. ” As the mother talked the son seemed uncomfortable and one wonders did this start out simply being about his happiness and now it has turned into something else.  The footage that accompanied the piece showed Dyson at home and in that private venue he seemed comfortable, but on the show the host Meredith Vieira asked him to twirl around it seemed contrived. What do you think about this? Is it alright for a little boy to wear dresses? Should his parents encourage this or discourage it? Tell me what you think.

My Princess Boy?

 Cheryl Kilodavis authored a book called “My Princess Boy” which Dyson’s school now uses as an anti-bullying tool. Her 5 year old son likes to dress up like a princess. His family has embraced his choice, but what do you think? Watch the clip: http://www.emailthis.clickability.com/et/emailThis?clickMap=viewThis&etMailToID=1884221474