An adorable toddler has unwittingly become the centre of a Facebook storm – because of his socks!
Henry Campbell, 3, was mocked for wearing “girly” socks which featured a love heart design.
The incident occurred as parents picked up their children from a nursery school in Irvine, Scotland, with young Harry taking off his shoes to reveal his heart-covered socks.
His outraged mother, Shona, initially heard another toddler making fun of her son’s socks.
But it was when she saw the other mother laughing along with her child that her “faith in the world was torn apart”.
Responding to the mother’s reaction on Facebook, Shona questioned why parents make the distinction between girls’ and boys’ toys and clothes.
“When your child pointed out my SON had love hearts on his socks, and mocked them for being GIRLS socks you absolutely tore apart my faith in this world, because you agreed and laughed along with your child,” she wrote.
“My son is 3 years old, he loves love hearts, he loves the colour pink, he loves to play with dolls and prams.
“But what he loves more than anything, is having the independence to make his own choices. He chose these socks in the shop, and he chose to wear them today.
“Why should we teach our children that certain things are for girls/boys??
“If my son wants to wear a dress, he can!! If he wants to wear a big fluffy hat, he can!! And if he wants to wear socks with love hearts, HE CAN!”
Many parents supported Shona’s view, sharing stories of their own children wanting to wear clothes that traditionally would have been considered inappropriate for their gender.
One summed up the thoughts of many: “What a gorgeous little boy. Who cares about socks… That smile on his face shows that he is a healthy and happy boy. And that’s all that matters. ”