Gina Florio
March 29, 2016 10:24 am
Facebook/Shona Campbell

Moms are so badass. We know that already. But sometimes we encounter a Mom moment that just blows our minds, leaves us in tears, and restores our faith in all that is good in the world. Brace yourselves, friends, because you are about to encounter such a moment.

Thirty-something mother Shona Campbell is shaking up the way we think about children and gender. A few days ago, she released a Facebook post about her latest experience with another mother at her kid’s nursery. Apparently, she overheard some rude, incredibly gendered commentary about the (adorable) heart-covered socks on the feet of her three-year-old son, who she was picking up from daycare.

Shona Campbell / Facebook

Isn’t he a sweetheart? And doesn’t he look great in red?

Not everyone thinks so. Shona had this to say about the unpleasant experience, addressed to the mom in question: “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.”

You don’t have to be a mother to feel the pain of this experience. Anyone with a heart can tell you that teasing a toddler for the socks on his feet is all kinds of shades of wrong.

But Shona is a mom. And she’s a badass one. So she continued her truth-speaking: “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.”

Collective fist pump, everyone!

Here’s some more: “Why should we teach our children that certain things are for girls/boys?? If my son wants to wear a dress, he can!! If he wants to wear a big fluffy hat, he can!! And if he wants to wear socks with love hearts, HE CAN!! 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.”

Shona Campbell / Facebook

“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!! Feel free to share. I’d really like to make sure she, and anyone else that thinks it’s ok to specify gender in clothes/toys etc, see’s this and hopes narrow mindedness is replaced with open mindedness.”

Shona speaks for moms and kids everywhere. Children deserve the space to explore their personalities and their preferences — without the mean remarks of narrow-minded people.