Browse all articles By Kat Abianac / June 30, 2015 This is my son Parker. Looks like a happy little boy, right? WRONG. I’ve been informed he will be very angry at me when he’s 18. One day he will find out his childhood secret. Because when he’s not playing with trucks and getting about in blue cloth nappies, I am busy ruining his life by dressing him up in bright colours, letting him choose his own outfits in the morning, and watching him try hats on at the grocery store. I posted this photo on my Facebook page, but the true extent of my imperfect parenting was not apparent until I shared the image in a Facebook kids’ clothing group. 70+ comments later, numerous women were removed from the post by admin, kicked from the group, and comments deleted. Over a floral onesie. The common vibe in the dissenters? Daring to dress a boy in an outfit ‘meant for a girl’. I sat in bed this morning drinking tea and regaling my family with the latest comments and updates, which were hilarious to say the least. I won’t re-post them, because they were over the top and don’t deserve the air time, but this is how it ended; Yes. This really happened. I know. Now, I’m aware I’m not really the coolest mom around. I don’t drop hundreds on limited-run baby outfits sold secondhand for hundreds, referred to as ‘Unicorns’ in the baby clothing world. I think it’s awesome some people like a certain print so much they go out of their way to collect them. (It means I make money from my kids’ old outfits- score!) I shop online for kid’s clothing, mainly sticking to the same few brands which have accessories I like (In this case, a zipper so Parker can’t undress himself.) But I keep a range of colours, patterns and textures in his drawers, to give him some freedom of choice and a good range to choose from. The Offending Item: Bonds Zippy Wondersuit. Pre tested on boys. 10/10 Does Suit. I wonder if when Hawaiian shirts became popular, there was One Man Who Changed It All? Thank god they were invented before Facebook. Alert your husbands: when men head to the department store and pick up a floral button down shirt, it seems they should probably sneak the shirt into the middle of their change room pile to save embarrassment. I was so genuinely surprised to see this as an issue I headed back to the Bonds Website to check if there was a disclaimer: Restricted For Use By Females Only. Nope. It is simply named ‘Natives Print’. So my question: Why the hate? These comments wouldn’t have been acceptable in ANY forum if they were addressing his physical appearance. So why is it OK to target the clothes a child is wearing? I know this may seem like I’m making a mountain from a molehill. But believe me, when I read comments criticizing a TWO year old’s outfit, I felt the need to assist this topic back to the molehill it should have been all along. While celebrating floral prints in all their glory. My son has Down syndrome. Bet the comment writers didn’t notice that, because his face was covered by a glorious lavender felt hat. He is going to grow up needing to jump hurdles of outdated stereotypes. This issue is a mere drop in the bucket of assumptions I already fight every day, and try to raise awareness around. I truly don’t give a shit if he grows up and decides he likes pink Ralph Lauren shirts, or pyjamas in a startling shade of fuschia. Or even those floral shirts all the husbands are wearing. Disclaimer: Face hidden to save this gentleman from the scorn of Internet Mothers. We’re all aware little boys were once traditionally dressed in red and pink, and girls in blue. This since switched around and is the social ‘norm’. God forbid you break the rules. Gender stereotyping is real. It limits choices, and is superficial and ridiculous. I don’t even know how to put it simpler. Dress your kid in whatever the hell you and they want to wear. And then go hashtag them on Facebook. Oh and Internet, don’t be judgy. It doesn’t go with what you’re wearing. #manflowers #realmenwearpink Parker Myles. Rocking his extra chromosome- AND his Wondersuit.