Mom Who Lets Her 2-Year-Old Son Wear A Dress For Her Wedding Faces Backlash Over Her Parenting Style

Date August 12, 2019

An increasing number of parents today adopt a “gender-neutral” approach to raising children.

"Gender-neutral" parenting

They break away from the gender binary and expose children to a variety of gender types and allowing them to explore.

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Some encourage their children to play with both "boy" and "girl" toys, keep clothing and room color neutral or allowing children to pick their own clothes - even if that means their son goes to school dressed in pink.

Mom allows her son to wear dresses

Joanna Minuzzo, 39, mother of three, revealed that she decided to let her 2-year-old son wear a pretty blue dress for her wedding after he refused to wear a suit.

Joanna gave her son, 2, three outfit choices which included a kilt from her home country of Scotland but he was fascinated by his sister's dresses. Minuzzo's son's love for dresses emerged in January when the toddler rejected his original outfit choices, insisting he wanted to wear his sister's Minnnie Mouse outfit. The mother initially said no, but changed her mind after seeing how happy it made him.

Joanna explained:

"I am raising children who feel secure enough in themselves to be true to who they really are. To be kind and inclusive to others too. We have a generation of adults who are too afraid of being themselves because of the fear of being judged. I want my children to know that the only person's opinion of them that matters is their own."

That's why just a week before Minuzzo's special day, she decided to borrow a stunning blue frock for her son to wear.

Many, however, have questioned why the mother allows her son to wear '"girls" clothing. Critics have told her that she is "making him gay" which Joanna has called ridiculous.

Joanna hopes that by allowing her children to follow their hearts and be their true selves, they will grow up to be more socially aware through not having the traditional gender stereotypes ingrained in them, the pressures of which can become toxic.

Yet, is it really good for a child? The answer totally depends on who you ask. And yes, there is no right or wrong answer.

What do you think of "gentle-neutral" parenting style? Would you allow your son to wear dresses? Don't hesitate to share your opinion with us!