Do Real Boys Wear Pink?
Or, perhaps more specifically, should they?
Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches, in which local parents are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting issues.
Each week our Moms Council members will discuss a different issue. Join the conversation by weighing in on a topic or asking questions.
Our Moms Council members include:
- Lisa Amey, of Upper Milford Township, is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and long time member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International.
- Lisa Drew, of Emmaus, is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17-years experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
- Jennifer Elston, of Emmaus, has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
- Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother to a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, N.J. in January.
- Lisa Merk, of Lower Macungie, is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
Today’s Moms Talk question was sparked by a recent J. Crew catalog ad that shows the company’s president and creative director enjoying some free time with her young son. The boy, Beckett, is five years old and the ad caused a bit of a stir because the mother is painting the child’s toenails hot pink in one of the pictures.
The controversy triggered by the ad led to conversations within my circle of mom friends and at one point one of us said, “this should be a Moms Talk question.”
And, so here we are:
What do you think about the J. Crew ad? Would you allow your son to wear nail polish? Is the age of the child an issue here? Is it the color of the nail polish? What if we were talking about something less gender-related than nail polish, such as a clothing? Is a pink T-shirt okay on a two-year-old boy? What about a six-year-old?
Share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments.
If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.