Scottish Mom Responds To A Stranger Who Told Her Son Not To Play With A 'Girly' Toy

Her words are going viral.

A mother from Scotland praised her 3-year-old son for playing with a miniature stroller after another woman belittled his choice of toy.

Rheann MacLaren, 25, took her son Harry to a local toy store last week and watched him joyfully play with a pink pram.

"Harry loves playing house," MacLaren told ABC News. "He often pretends to cook food, he pretends to do the ironing, make cups of tea ... he has a dolly which he calls 'baby.' "

While Harry enjoyed his new toy, MacLaren said that another customer "frowned" at the child.

"Oh, you don't want that, it's just for girls, not boys," the customer said to Harry, according to a Facebook post from MacLaren. "It's all pink and girly. There's cars and dinosaurs over there, why would you want that girly thing?!"

But Harry had the perfect response up his sleeve.

"'Cause I like it," Harry said to the woman.

MacLaren was proud of her son's quick comeback to the stranger who questioned if the toy was appropriate for a little boy. MacLaren then penned a brilliant message to the customer on Facebook.

"He love dinosaurs and monsters, he's happiest when he's outside playing in the mud and puddles," she wrote on the social platform. "But sometimes he likes to play with a doll and pram, he'll play in the toy kitchen and pretend to do ironing, he likes pink things and watches with fascination when I put my make up on. Am I worried? No, not in the slightest. My child will grow up a well-rounded, accepting boy who will NEVER feel pressured to conform to gender stereotypes."

Playing with toys that aren't gender-specific is useful for developing a child's physical, cognitive, academic, musical, and artistic skills, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

"A man will grow up and push his own children in their prams, so why stop a young boy from pretending to do the same? A woman will grow up and learn to drive a car — so why stop a young girl playing with toy ones?" MacLaren told ABC News. "We just need to let kids be kids and not force any labels or restrictions on their minds and imaginations and the way they play."


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