What would you do if your son wanted to wear girls clothing? Would you not saying anything and let him express himself? Or would you demand that he wear only clothes made for boys?
Nils Pickert, a man from Germany, did the former when his 5 year old son started wearing skirts to school and out in public.
As you can imagine, his son was bullied and judged by both his peers and passing onlookers. It was because of the little boy’s change in self confidence that Nils decided to wear a skirt alongside his son for support. He hoped that this gesture would teach his son that it is okay to be who you are and to not be ashamed of it.
After walking around their small village in their skirts, the shame that the son once had began to fade away. With his self esteem fully intact, Nils’ son said to his classmates, “You don’t dare to wear skirts and dresses because your dads don’t dare to either”.
Nils Pickert has become a role model for children and parents alike almost overnight because of his bravery and refusal to let his son’s feelings and self worth become permanently damaged. His mission is to let parents know that if a child is being attacked or bullied, don’t try to change them; instead, be different with them.
What do you think of Nils Pickert’s decision to put on a skirt for his son? Would you do the same for your children?