I don’t know much about American actor and model Jaime King. But I do know outstanding parenting when I see it. And King has just posted a glorious example of it.
My definition of outstanding parenting is any sort of parental behaviour that lets a child know they are loved unconditionally and that they are safe to be themselves. It would seem that King defines it in the same way.
This week, at the premiere of The Incredibles 2, the former Heart of Dixie actress walked the red carpet with her four-year-old son James Knight Newman – and the little boy happened to be wearing a bright pink dress with pink tulle and pink ribbons.
King wrote in the caption, “I love my baby SO MUCH!!! He chose my lipstick and dress,” without even a mention of his clothing. She didn’t explain it. She didn’t defend it.
Because, why should she?
James wore what he wanted to wear. He clung to his mum a tad shyly in the photo – as is understandable for a small child in front of a crowd of photographers. But he was smiling. He also looked happy in a photo with his dad at the same event.
This was not a situation akin to where a mother at my son’s boys-only school made him dress as Mary Poppins for Book Week because she thought it was avant garde, and he cried the whole way through the parade while she wondered why he felt self-conscious.