A father recently received some shamefully unsolicited advice from the staff at his 1-month-old daughter’s daycare.
Steve Rold shared on Reddit that he and his wife, Jessica, were told to dress their daughter more like a girl by daycare staff and Rold hit back in the best way…
The father of 2 shared a photo of his baby daughter dressed in all blue with a sticky note on her forehead which had a bow drawn on it. He wrote, “How my wife dressed our daughter the day after the teachers at daycare told her we should really be dressing her more like a girl.”
Despite the hilarious and obvious clap-back at daycare staff, Rold seems to be pretty easy-going about the whole thing, explaining to BoredPanda that he actually loves the daycare facility his daughter attends and just saw an opportunity to push back against a comment he didn’t agree with. Rold also clarified that he and his wife didn’t know their daughter’s gender until she was born, so they have been dressing her in her brother’s baby clothes for the time being.
“Whether it’s a cultural or a generational thing, we completely understand that they were just trying to be helpful,” Rold explained. “Maybe they thought that it hadn’t crossed our minds to dress our daughter any differently or perhaps they just didn’t want to answer a million questions from the other kids at the daycare as to why our baby isn’t dressed in pink and flowers. The suggestion was actually pretty mild but it was piled onto a hundred other similar ones that I’m sure all parents get so my wife just felt the need to push back a tiny bit.”
Rold’s story seemed to resonate with other Reddit users, who chimed in with their own personal opinions and similar experiences…
One Reddit user wrote: “The funny part is that colors for children weren’t even a thing until the 1900s, and originally there were some conflicts, but major publications were saying pink for boys and blue for girls. It wasn’t until the 1940s where we kind of settled into girls = pink and boys = blue. And this was really pushed because markers found that you would purchase a full new set of things if your second child was not the same sex as your first.
“Really, boys/blue girls/pink is just marketing.”
While another shared: “My 4-year-old loves pink. All his friends are girls and they all love pink, MLP, and princesses… so my son loves to wear pink (he has exactly one pink shirt that he wears the moment it is clean), he begs to watch MLP the moment he gets home from school, and he talks about princesses all the time. I see our family visibly cringe. It’s great.”
It’s safe to say that Rold’s ability to make light of the situation is truly inspiring!