What you should read today:

In reading on November 1, 2011 at 10:19 am
From The New York Times’ Well blog:

A mother looks back on her son’s decision to dress like a girl for Halloween, and the surprising national controversy it generated. But lost in the discussion, it seems, was the real message of her son’s costume choice.

I came across this essay today via Twitter and immediately recalled reading Sarah Manley’s original post last Halloween when it went “viral.” Her eloquent look back one year later is something everyone should read, whether you’re a parent or not; most of us, child or  no child, spend time with young people and have an influence on the messages they grow up with about what’s “okay.”

My favorite outtake from the piece:

‎”I think what became so clear to me from this experience was that children are not born hating anything just because it’s different. They learn it. And with the ever increasing list of child suicides tied to bullying, it is a cycle that must end.

“It is our job as rational human beings to teach our children and those around us that it is O.K. to be different. It’s O.K. to not conform to every single thing. It’s O.K. to be who we are. We can’t bow to that lowest common denominator.”


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