Shona Campbell picked up her 3-year-old son, Harry, from the nursery on Thursday as she always does. When Campbell, a manager for an online store in her early 30s, arrived at the nursery, she overheard a conversation between another mother and her child.
According to Campbell, the mother and her child laughed at Harry's socks because they had hearts on them. She says they mockingly called them "girls' socks."
Campbell defended her son's right to wear whatever he wanted in a Facebook post on Thursday.
"My son is 3 years old, he loves love hearts, he loves the colour pink, he loves to play with dolls and prams," she wrote. "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."
Campbell proceeded to list clothes that her son is welcome to wear, including hats and dresses. She concluded her Facebook post with a powerful message.
"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," she wrote. "This is MY SON. And I love him. Love heart socks and all!!"
Almost 90,000 people shared her post.
Campbell is right that her 3-year-old son is at the perfect age to start making his own decisions, especially in regards to his wardrobe. The Center for Disease Control recommends that toddlers learn to dress themselves by the time they reach the age of two.