I know many of the moms in my life who don't get that it is okay for my boys to sew, crochet, or cook with joy. But they have been fed the lie. The lie is that you can only share your womanly arts and gifts with your daughters. Somehow in America most have decided that boys are to be MEN at all times. The funny thing is that most of the things women do well were started by men, invented by men, really.
I like that my boys can be boys. I do! I love filthy messes all over them from a day out at play. I love the creatures Remy finds. I love the movies they are drawn to because they are men. Men crave manly things. But I also find such joy in sharing who I am with them. Teaching them how to do the things I know how to do well. Because of it they tell me how great I am. I even have boys who are interested in the things I love. It isn't a one sided relationship. Through these men I have grown to love nature. I have been invited into the secret world of men just as much as they have been invited into the world of women by me. :) I know it will all serve them well.
Elijah stitched up his first garment this October. He loves Zelda. Making his own Link costume was so much fun for him. Parts of it he did, parts I did, but we worked together. He can now read a pattern and understands it isn't magic that makes a garment, just hands, and time.
I had to laugh because he figured out quickly that sewing is much easier than knitting or crochet.
What can be more fun for a boy than to know he made most of this?
See how a little boy can learn something that is considered girly and use it to be so boyish? :)