The Today Show ran a wonderful story this morning of an adorable 5 year old boy named Dyson Kilodavis, who likes to wear jewelry and pink princess gowns.
After young Dyson began grabbing for “girl’s toys” and pink, sparkly dress-up outfits, his parents became, at first, alarmed and uncomfortable that their little boy might be gender-dysmorphic.
“I like to dress up in different kinda clothes, and jewelry,” says Dyson. His favorite outfit of all is that of a princess. Cheryl Kilodavis and her husband, Dean, came to accept and embrace their son and his budding, authentic self. When Dyson decided that he was going to wear a princess costume to his school’s Halloween day, Cheryl called the school and told them what was going on. Dyson’s teacher, Judith Hart, called together the entire staff for support and she got it-even three of the school’s most “macho” male employees dressed as ballerinas for the day to show support for the “Princess Boy”!
My Princess Boy is a nonfiction picture book about acceptance. It tells the tale of a 4-year-old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by enjoying “traditional girl” things like jewelry, sparkles or anything pink. It is designed to start and continue a dialogue about unconditional friendship and teaches children — and adults — how to accept and support children for who they are and how they wish to look.
I am happily sharing the upcoming schedule of events; if the Kilodavises are near you, please stop by and say hello.
What a fortunate boy, to have such support, acceptance and advocacy within his family.