Got a problem with pink nail polish J.Crew is one of my alltime favorite guilty pleasures.Oh, those preppy, overpriced lightweight cashmere cardigans in endless pastel hues(Honestly, i'd never wear one)Those cleanlined wedding party ensembles(Fessing up:Our wedding party did rock j.Crew dresses and suits, and they looked classy)Those scruffyyetsophisticated j.Crew men(Back of the book.Yum).I'm not really into ballerina flats to the degree that i'd place a nonweddingrelated order, but i do enjoy flipping through the season's catalog over breakfastbefore kaspar snags it and smears it with pured mush.Sometimes i'll see an outfit that 'works' and stow it away in the back of my brain.Or i'll get all charged up about a failed fashionforward spread(Jeans three sizes too big and a ripped thriftstoreesque tshirt?Am i old now, at 26, or simply missing something? ), and show Aaron, who feigns interest and/or horror before returning to his eggs.Whatever the reasons, i'm admitting publicly, here and now, that i love me some j.Crew despite my personal style being somewhat apart from their goto ladies' look.No matter.Keep 'em coming, catalogpeeps.A mom's gotta get her fix. And that kids' catalogcrewcuts, i believe now we're talking;I cannot even handle how ridiculously cute those clothes(And the kids they have in them)Are.Ruffles, stripes and minifedoras?Boyswear blazers on girls wearing bows, and now a little boy with pink toenails and hipster glasses frames?Bring it.Love it.Fox news(And everyone else screaming 'transgendered liberal agenda')Needs to have a lollipop and get a grip. First of all, for those of you who haven't seen the spread, or the debate, here it is.It's a mom and her kid, and he likes neon pink.Big effing deal.I honestly thought the whole 'boy color/girl color' delineation ended somewhere around first grade, but apparently adults nationwide are having trouble digesting this one.That's just weird.Not the nail polishthe uproar.I'll give a little leeway, maybe, to those childless critics lacking all recall(Ever play dressup? );They may not be in touch with the fact that kids just like to wear crazy clothes(And then some)As a matter of course.I've seen capes, pajamas, facepaint and what i think was supposed to be a tail, in public, all in the past week.As a babysitter, years before having a child of my own, i arrived upon many a scene in which little boys donned tutus, or, yes, nail polish, while at the same time throwing footballs or eating A line Wedding Gowns earthworms from their front lawns.My point is, kids live in a colorful world in which lines between real and imaginary, his and her's, 'should' and 'should not' are not immediately selfevident.I feel it's my job as a parent to make the lines clear around, say, issues concerning safety, or kindness towards others, but nail polish?Please. Beyond the many rules and regulations that i will need to avail kaspar of as he grows(Color preferences not among them), my main job as his mom is to celebrate him for being the person he is, allowing him to discover that and explore it, and helping him to develop into a confident, happy adult.It's clear to me(Through my interactions with kids and adults alike)That parents who push their kids to be who they're not, well, cause those kids a lot of selfloathing and confusion in the immediate moment and much later;Lifetimes spent following paths that aren't one's own are painful.Sometimes people make uturns, as adults, realizing their error and learning to embrace the little voice inside themselves as their parents never did.That's hard work, though;I want to help kaspar find his voice early on, to help him use it so it becomes steady and clear.What we wear is a part of our selfexpression.Right now, i love dressing kaspar in cool baby getups every day.But later, as soon as he's interested, i'll let him choose what he wears.It's one of the many ways that i'll show him, early on, that i trust, admire and approve of his sense of himself, of his own tastes and ideas, and that he can trust himself to make independent choices and decisions throughout his life. We mean so much to our kids in this respect.And jenna lyons, j.Crew's creative director and the mom shown painting her adorable son's toenails in the nowinfamous spread, is doing exactly what she should be, as a mom, in saying"Lucky for me i ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. "Lucky for all of us, our kids are exactly who they are.I'd be willing to bet that, like most kids, little beckett's favorite color will change a hundred times over in the next several years, but even if it's pink for good what's everyone so afraid of?That he'll be gay or something?That their own kids will be gay?That the world really is divided up into boy colors and girl colors, and strict boundaries around who love is available to, both between partners, andimplicitly or explicitlybetween parents and their kids?That's crazy talk. My Dresses http://www.dpmp.com.au/ love is available to my son unconditionally.There are no boundaries around that. Jenna's kid likes pink nail polish.More power to him.And huge props to her for doing what moms do best, which is knowing how lucky she is, Evening Dresses http://www.dpmp.com.au/ loving her child, and making saturday super neonpink fun. What was your reaction to the j.Crew controversy?Do you have a tomboy, or a boy who likes traditionally 'girly' activities?How do you foster your kids' senses of creativity and individualism in the face of, well, an american culture that freaks out over a little pink nail polish?I can't wait http://www.dpmp.com.au/evening-dresses.html to hear your thoughts on this.