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    Posted August 29, 2014 by
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    Kids breaking gender norms

    Finding Himself on His Own Terms


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     TempestRose shared her story because she believes telling children what to like and what to be curious about is wrong. ' My son is not wrong for liking pink or barbies -- he's just being himself without harming anyone else.'
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    My son is only 3-years-old, so a lot of people say I need to "teach him how to be a boy". I say patooie. The only choices I've made for him were his clothing, from day one. Other than that, he picks whatever toys he wants (baby dolls, trucks, etc.), watches various shows (Dora, Diego, etc.), has long hair, and now wear whatever he wants. I've had people tell me I'm going to make him a sissy. I've had people tell me I'm damaging him.

    Really, I'm letting him find himself on his own terms. He can be whatever he wants to be, and I'm here to make sure that happens.

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