Parenting Surprises: Princess Vitamins For My Boys?

Today I did something I never thought I would ever do.  I bought Princess Vitamins.  Now, I never thought I’d be buying princess anything since I have two wonderful, frog catching, mud-pie making, car driving boys.

Let me start by setting the scene.  Liam’s first birthday party is tomorrow and we spent our morning running last minute errands for that, dropping off dry cleaning, and what feels like a million other things.  The commissary’s watermelons looked to be on their last leg yesterday so I had to go to the grocery store out in town to grab one, and while I was there I went down the vitamin aisle to replace Xander’s vitamins that have expired.  While on the vitamin aisle another mom stopped me and told me that the vitamins next door at CVS were buy one get one free.  Well, never to miss a deal I put back the ones in my cart and we bought our watermelon and headed next door.

He is very happy with them, and as long as hes happy--Im happy too!

He is very happy with them, and as long as he’s happy–I’m happy too!

Well, by the time we got the watermelon and other last minute items in the car it was getting awfully close to nap time,  but I had a million other things to do, so I told Xander if was really good in CVS he could pick out which vitamins he wanted to get.  Now we don’t buy vitamins that often, and honestly he probably doesn’t even need to take one because he eats a little bit of everything. So since my vitamin knowledge is somewhat limited I figured his options would be Flintstones or gummies.  I was wrong.  It seems that every character known to man now has their own brand of vitamins, including Cars and Disney Princesses.  I assumed Cars would be the choice but he was really eyeing the Princesses.  At first I tried discouraging by telling him that the Princesses were usually for little girls but he wasn’t having it.  He even told me, “Mom, I’m good, I pick!” in his most diplomatic tone.  So, we grabbed the Princess vitamins (and the Cars because they were free) and headed to check out.

Then.. An older gentleman that I guess had seen us looking at the vitamin options stopped us and told Xander in a pretty stern voice that Princess vitamins were for girls and he needed to take them back.  Cue complete Todzilla meltdown and total embarrassment for me.  I finally grabbed the Princess vitamins out of my little guy’s hands and squatted beside and him and told him we could get whichever vitamins he wanted.  He nodded, dried his tears, and said, “Mom, they are pretty like you! I want the Princesses.”  So we now have a pink and purple bottle of vitamins sitting on top of our microwave for all to see.  IMG_3374

On the way home we talked about how usually Princesses are for girls, and how Xander is a boy.  He knows this.  He also was the one to tell me that if we played Princesses he could be Prince Charming and I could be Cinderella.  He also said Liam has to be the mouse.   So am I worried that my two year old picked out the girly vitamins and might end up a “F@g” like the man at CVS said he’d be? Not in the least bit.  And even if he did, I’d still love him just as much.  So in case the gentleman that stopped us in CVS and caused a meltdown ever finds my blog, next time just butt out.  We’ve got things covered in this house.  Right down to our Disney Princess Vitamins.

2 thoughts on “Parenting Surprises: Princess Vitamins For My Boys?

  1. Amanda Dougherty

    What an awesome story and such a good lesson! You are much kinder than I…I probably would have shoved the princess vitamins down his throat! What a good mommy you are to not only let your boys be who they are but also stand by your word and set a good example even if it was tough. It’s funny to me how some people think pink and glitter is for girls and blue and hero capes are for boys AND even funnier that they think it will impact their sexual orientation. Liv plays with and wears whatever she is interested in and chooses and if it’s trucks that’s just fine. Good job momma!

  2. Pam

    Good for you Tasha! In my experience, men who try to ensure the “masculinity” of their sons early have found that it backfires. I had a lifetime military uncle who did not want my aunt to show any physical affection to my male cousin after the age of 5. Sad….let’s just say he has never matured emotionally.


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