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Would You Let Your Son Wear Nail Polish?

Mom Jeanine
September 20, 2010


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There’s no denying Kingston Rossdale, Gwen Stefani’s oldest son, is really cute. But I do wonder sometimes if his parents push him–a little bit too far–to fit in with their rocker-chic images. There was the blonde mohawk and he’s always dressed like a mini rockstar.

Check out his outfit for Gwen’s L.A.M.B. fashion show last week. Now, check out his fingernails. Yup, they’re painted.

Now as long as that’s eco-friendly polish on Kingston’s nails, I can’t really condemn Gwen for letting him wear it. But I do wonder if he asked for his nails to be painted or if his parents painted them because they knew he’d be photographed a lot and wanted to make him look cool.

But let’s say Kingston is starting up a trend here and soon 4-year-old boys around the country start coming home asking for their nails to be polished. Would you let your son wear nail polish?

I don’t have a son, but if I did I probably wouldn’t let him wear nail polish. If you would, here’s a blue shade of Piggy Paint that looks like Kingston’s.

Tell us whether you’d let your son wear nail polish in the comments.

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  • Katie
    September 23, 2010

  • I am not yet a mama, but I worked as a nanny all throughout college. A little boy whom I started caring for when he had just turned two ALWAYS had his nails painted. His older sister had just turned five and was 150% little girl, and their mom was an artist, so she was very into letting them express themselves however they wished. She was always painting the daughter’s fingers and toenails, and he wanted to do everything big sister did, so the mom would let him choose his colors and if he wanted designs (polka dots, stripes, etc), and she would do it for him. He loved it, the mom loved it, but the dad did not. I personally felt like he was young enough so that the painting was still so cute. As for an older child, I don’t really know what my opinion would be, since I haven’t yet been in that position.

  • Lori Z.
    September 23, 2010

  • My son likes his nails painted and he carries around a baby. I’ve never come across anyone that questioned it to my face, but he’s just trying to be like his sister or me and it’s pretty sweet and endearing.

  • Julie Adams Curley
    September 23, 2010

  • In my experience little boys love to wear nail polish as much as girls. They love in the same way they love to finger paint and color. Ever since my son was 18 months old he would see his sister with painted nails and want the same thing. Every once in a while I would say “nail polish is for girls” and he would look so heartbroken that I decided not to let it bother me. Now I try to teach my kids that there is beauty, art , and color in everything and I hope they feel comfortable expressing themselves how they want. Maybe it wasn’t Kingston’s idea to paint his nails, but my guess is he was psyched to have it done!

  • makyo
    September 23, 2010

  • children frequently want to imitate their parents in a myriad of ways. it’s not hard to understand why a child of rockstars who dress in interesting and sometimes outlandish ways would want to look like them. it’s just another method of adornment. i don’t see why it’s inappropriate only for boys. what do you think would happen to your son if he wore nail polish?

  • Dana
    September 23, 2010

  • Nope,
    But then I sure wouldn’t let my 4 year old daughter either.

  • Justine
    September 23, 2010

  • Ummm of course I would, otherwise that would be sexist! Seriously if boys are allowed more artistic freedom (and girls too), it will only make the world a better place. Oh no, Kingston might just grow up to be a well-rounded, secure, and loving guy, what will we do? His father Gavin (I don’t know why no one ever mentions that!!!) is a great guy and I’m sure his son will be just the same. I personally feel that Gavin and Gwen wouldn’t paint his nails unless he wanted to, they’re very supportive and loving parents and do what is best for their sons!!! Let’s let our children be who they really are and let’s see if we can’t ‘fix’ society a bit :D

  • Jackie
    September 23, 2010

  • One day when my son was a year and a half, he saw me paint my toe nails and said he wanted his toes pretty too. He inisisted that they were painted, so I looked for my clear polish and could not find it so I went with a opal color and made his toes pretty too. Since then I paint my nails while he is sleeping and he has not asked for them to be painted again and he is 4.

    Recently in our area a driver was painting her finger nails while driving and hit a motorcyle and many of the guys & gals we know paint one hand black to make a statement about the dangers of distracted driving. As they are often asked about the nails being painted.

  • Debbie
    September 23, 2010

  • Of couse I would. What is the big deal? I oppose socialy imposed gender roles.

    September 23, 2010

  • No. I realize I am not in the “majority” in this forum right now but I absolutely will not allow my son to polish his nails. Some of the others have mentioned stereo typing and gender blah blah but polished nails are for females just as make up is. Oh … I wont let him wear dresses either … To each their own.

  • Jenni Dunfee
    September 25, 2010

  • My son is 3 and has been asking me to paint his nails whenever I did mine since he was about 2. I started painting his little sister’s nails a little before I would do it for him at about 18 months. She has to do everything bubby does :) Now I can’t get out my nail kit to even cut a hang nail without them demanding nail polish (or in little sissy’s terms “PINK! PINK! PINK!”).

    It’s harmless fun and adult emulation. I used to paint my little brother’s nails and give him mud masks with me and he’s a pretty masculine adult in the army now.

  • mfriend
    September 28, 2010

  • absolutely! my lil dude had the choice between dark blue and purple tonails this summer. He chose the purple. Freeddom of expression should be genderless y’all.

  • Susan
    October 3, 2010

  • I would NEVER EVER allow my son to wear nail polish. When I was growing up topics such as this was never a discussion. We all knew never to cross a certain line. Allowing boys to wear nail polish is condoning a certain lifestyle for the future.
    I understand that certain individuals believe that they are born with different gender preferences genetically then the norm. Society has made being gay such a fashionable trend that children can be very confused in the already very complicated life children have today.
    Some may make decisions that they will regret for the rest of their lives because of relaxed and politically correct parenting.

  • Geri
    October 3, 2010

  • NO! I would not allow my son to wear nail polish.

  • ARandomCaller
    October 9, 2010

  • Admittedly, I am not a mom in the least, but as long as he understands that he is a guy and doesn’t get beaten up for it, he could wear blue lipstick for all I care.
    Just so long as he remembers that he’s a guy. That’s all I ask.

  • Jeffery
    December 8, 2010

  • I came home the other day and found my son wearing blue nail polish. He is 3, and his two older sisters and mom were doing theirs and he apparently wanted his done as well.

    I was curious to see how common this is and did a search. Apparently there are tons of kids (boys) and even men wearing nail polish now. I even found a few companies that market colors for males.

    The more I read about this ‘trend’ the more it seemed ok. I realized it’s not a big deal and wearing painted nails isn’t going to change his gender preferences in one way or the other. I am sure he is going to grow up just fine.

    After doing some reading, I learned that color can look really cool on guys after trying it for myself. My wife was very happy to put a dark metalic silver on my toes and honestly, it looks very cool and kinda manly!

    This world needs to stop the stupid being so gender stereotypical and just have fun with any fashion they want, of course as long as it’s tasteful. I’d flip out if I saw one of my daughters wearing some of the revealing outfits I see kids wear these days, however asside from something trashy, I let them wear what they want, so why not my son?

  • Ian
    February 10, 2011

  • I don’t have a kid but If I have one I would like it If they try to express them selfs whatever way they want. There’s nothing wrong in letting little boys paint their nails and I know for a fact that boys like to wear nail polish just like girls and not because they are gay or anything kids just like colors. When I was young I loved to have a color spray in my hair and nail polish . Oh and btw I’m not gay.