By now you have all already probably heard about the 9 year old boy who’s backpack was banned from school by his principle. I have been debating this topic for a while now with friends, family members and even online in mommy communities because quite simply put, the controversy is all wrong in my opinion.
Let me give you a little background about my situation. I am a proud mom of two gorgeous (I am bias) boys, who are very active, creative and fun-loving all around regular kids- except for the fact that in our home my boys play mostly with Barbie dolls, dress up clothes and glitter whenever possible – our entire house has now turned for the most part PINK! To be honest, when DS (now 7) first became interested in dolls I didn’t give it a second thought, the way I saw it was that my child took interest in something, because he really wasn’t into much at all before that point. We did get the occasional stare and a lot of comments when he would paint his nails or even wear a tutu in public, but both my husband and I agreed that by tapping into his personal self-expression, it would one day make him a strong individual.
To be honest, I never post about this topic because of the fact that people both online and in the real-world can be cruel – but this type of bullying needs to STOP.
Yes, as a toddler playing with dolls did not seem to phase most people but you see, school and parents are where true problems start. Yes, I am not going to lie, Cookie got bullied and I was spoken to by both parents of other children and teachers alike- but he pulled through. My tiny little soldier was stronger than I could ever be, he stood proud of his likes and kept strong to a point that I can truthfully say (finally) he has adjusted his environment to suit his personality.
In my opinion- this is what true individuals are made of.
I can rant on about how glorious my story is- but the truth is, not all children are as strong as my little Cookie is. Yes, i do understand that some peoples principals may be different, and I accept that, but it doesn’t have to infringe or create a premise for the way my children will be raised. Most children need the support and understanding from the people they look up to the most – their friends. With principals, teachers and parents constantly putting them down, there is no hope for these young children to ever evolve and accept things that may be eccentric or different.
What a boring world we would live in without color, life and love.
I am so proud of this 9 year old who held strong and I truly wish that one day he can walk down the street wearing his backpack confidently.
I would love to hear your thoughts, what did you think of the Backpack Story? Do you agree with the principal?
(All opinions are welcome)