A mother's moving Facebook post
has gone viral after she defended her 3 year-old son who was mocked for wearing 'girly' socks at school.
Shona Campbell, from Scotland, took to the social media site after a fellow parent laughed at her child's choice of attire, hitting out at their "narrow-mindedness" and telling them defiantly: "I am bringing up my son to be whoever he wants to be."
In post that has been shared over 100,000 times since it was posted last week (March 27), she wrote: "To the mother at nursery picking up your child. You may have thought I didn't hear you but let me assure you I did!!
"When your child pointed out my SON had love hearts on his socks, and mocked them for being GIRLS socks you absolutely tore apart my faith in this world, because you agreed and laughed along with your child."
In a heartfelt defence, she continued: "My son is 3 years old, he loves love hearts, he loves the colour pink, he loves to play with dolls and prams. But what he loves more than anything, is having the independence to make his own choices. He chose these socks in the shop, and he chose to wear them today."
"Why should we teach our children that certain things are for girls/boys??" she asked. "If my son wants to wear a dress, he can!!"
Addressing the other parent once more, she continued: "I am bringing up my son to be whoever he wants to be and I do not appreciate people like you poking fun at him, telling him he's wrong for what he wears or dictating what he should or shouldn't do/wear."
"This is the perfect age to allow our children to make their own decisions and let them figure out who THEY want to be, not who society says they should be! This is MY SON. And I love him. Love heart socks and all!!"
She concluded by saying she hoped her post would be shared widely, and that "narrow mindedness is replaced with open mindedness."
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