How would you feel if your son said he wanted an Ariel doll?
That’s the question Mikki Willis has asked followers on YouTube after his son done just that – and his response to the scenario is absolutely perfect.
Revealing that after his son, Azai, received two of the same presents, Mikki let him chose a new toy to replace it.
Azai’s decided he wanted a doll.
“I let my boys choose their life,” he responded to the decision.
“We say choose it. Choose your expression. Choose what you’re into. Choose your sexuality. Choose whatever.
“You have my promise, forever, to love you and accept you – no matter what life you choose.”
Responding to questions of how he honestly felt about Azai’s choice of doll, Mikki wrote:
The honest answer is, it didn’t surprise me at all. Azai is equally fascinated by princesses and robots. One moment he’s all boy, the next he’s expressing a softer, more angelic side. For me this behavior rings more authentic than playing one note all the time. That said, I did have a little reaction to Azai choosing that particular doll. When I saw the collection it was part of, and didn’t see much in the way of variety of skin colors or body types, I had to resist my urge to say, “Why don’t we chose a more realistic doll.” I don’t want my boys to adapt to the programming that a women should be built like a Barbie. I said, “Let’s look at all the dolls in the store first, then you can decide.” He was clear, “I want this mermaid.” I backed off knowing this would be the catalyst for us to have a powerful conversation about the beauty of body-types and racial equality.
My job as daddy is to provide a safe playing field for my boys to play whatever game they choose, or better yet, create their own game! I trust that by the time they realize the world isn’t as accepting as mommy and daddy they’ll have such a solid foundation that nothing will shake their stance to fully, and unabashedly be themselves.
As we said. Absolutely perfect.