Over the weekend, I took my 5-year-old daughter to see Frozen (two thumbs-up for a movie in which a princess saves herself before her true love can do it for her!). As we settled into our seats, a woman walked into the theater pushing a wheelchair in which a young man with visible disabilities sat.
My daughter stared. I asked her to stop.
"Not everyone looks the same," I told her quietly. "It's OK to be curious, but just like when you don't like when people stare at you, it's not OK to stare at anyone else."
It's a conversation we've had a few times lately. A couple of months ago, she told the male cashier at a local bookstore that he looked like a girl because of his ponytail that spanned the length of his back.
"I can see why'd you'd think that," I told her. "But that's the kind of thing that you need to say to me, and only after we leave. Some girls have short hair and some boys have long hair. Neither is right nor wrong."
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