While everyone has their own parenting style, certain styles often get more attention than others. One of the more recent, and sometimes controversial styles, is gender-neutral parenting, which encompasses a wide range of beliefs and behaviors. For many millennial moms and dads, gender-neutral parenting often begins with simply saying no to the traditional idea that “blue is for boys and pink is for girls” and yes to the idea of self-expression.
Finding out that my second baby was going to be a boy was a little bit of a shock. I’m not sure if it’s just because I had told myself it was going to be a girl (like I had previously done with my son), or the simple fact that my motherly instinct was, well, wrong again. Regardless, in that instant, I felt all of the pink-coated dreams quickly slip between my fingers.
When I was pregnant I had grand dreams of white fluffy coats, pink headbands and bows, adorable little leggings and a room full of baby dolls. I was actually so intensely sure that I was going to have a girl that when the Ultrasound Tech shared the news that it was a boy, I broke down and cried.