Dad Protects Son From Bullies By Wearing A Skirt

ErisKillton

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Guess What? It Works.

By Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – 23 hours ago
(Photo courtesy of Emma Magazine)Nils Pickert's 5-year-old son likes wearing dresses. If anyone thinks that's odd they can take it up with Nils. He's the guy in the skirt.
The German dad has become a role model not only for his son, but for parents around the world, after a photograph of the pair holding hands in red skirts spread across the internet.
"Yes, I'm one of those dads, that tries to raise their children equal," he explained in an essay published alongside the photo in Emma, a German feminist magazine.

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Pickert never minded that his son liked dressing in little girl's clothes, but when his family moved from West Berlin to a small southern town in Germany, he learned that other people did. In fact, it became a "town wide issue," according to Pickert, whose essay was translated by Tumblr user steegeschnoeber.

A new school didn't make life any easier for his young son. Shortly after his first day, he stopped reveling in his own tastes and Pickert worried about the damage it could wreak on his self-confidence.
"I didn't want to talk my son into not wearing dresses and skirts," Pickert explained. "He didn't make friends doing that in Berlin… so after a lot of contemplation I had only one option left: To broaden my shoulders for my little buddy and dress in a skirt myself."

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That's where the red skirt came in, a pants-free option Pickert himself would sometimes take back in Berlin, without getting even a second glance. He'd stopped wearing skirts when they moved to their small village, knowing a man in women's clothes could cause rubbernecking accidents at the very least. But when his son asked his father to wear a skirt again, he decided to step up to the challenge.
For that he's been hailed as "Father of the Year" by Gawker, and praised in parenting blogs around the web for his progressive approach to nipping self-esteem issues in bud.

Hand in hand, the Pickerts paraded their custom together around their small village, and soon the shame died away. His son became emboldened again, even giddy at the reactions his father got from slack-jawed strangers. Being different, he found, wasn't so scary after all, especially when Dad's got your back.

After Pickert's son learned that lesson, he began passing the wisdom on to his classmates. If he's teased now, he tells them: "You don't dare to wear skirts and dresses because your dads don't dare to either."

For parents and educators, bullying is a critical issue with no clear-cut prevention method. How do you protect a child from the cruelty of others and how can a bullied child walk away without feeling defensive or ashamed? Pickert's plan comes down to more than just a dad in a skirt. It's an approach that translates across borders, both physical and theoretical: If a child is attacked for being different, don't leave them hanging. Be different with them.
 
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ErisKillton

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I'm glad you approve Gee. What would you do if you had a son who preferred to wear dresses?
 

Time Bomb

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Sry to offend the people who find this acceptable.. but NO FUCKING WAY! Unless your heritage involves wearing kilts, how could you condone your son wearing skirts and dresses? Freedom of expression? I don't think so. Your talking about a 5yr old boy, who's mind is ripe for crafting positive morals, and big ideas for the future. Father of the year? Pathetic! Put him in jail, then give him some parenting classes as well. Media is manipulative, so this could all be a reaction driven pile of bullshit! So again, these are just my views and not a personal attack on members.
 
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I'm sorry but does anyone know where their shoes are? :lulz: :lulz: :lulz:
 
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Angel of Darkness

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God forbid your kid has his feelings hurt.....I can't wait to see how he will deal with the real world.
True, but the kid is only five....and if you haven't noticed...they aren't wearing any shoes!!
What horrible parent lets his child around with no shoes?? The world is crumbling beneath us :unreal:
 

Time Bomb

Tic Toc, Tic Toc
I applaud him and his boy, let him be who HE wants to be, not who society says he should be. Excellent post AoD! I love seeing stuff like this!:D
I'm surprised to hear that from you Mama.. You must be for gay marriages too :(
When I was a kid my parents let me be who I wanted to be too, but that usually meant Superman, Bruce Lee or a rock star though! Not becoming Barbie!
 

Airbornemama

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I'm surprised to hear that from you Mama.. You must be for gay marriages too :(
When I was a kid my parents let me be who I wanted to be too, but that usually meant Superman, Bruce Lee or a rock star though! Not becoming Barbie!
No,no NO i am NOT for gay marriages I just don't feel that letting A little boy dress the way he wants would really hurt anything. I understand your point of view, I honestly don't know how I would have felt if my son had wanted to dress like A girl. I was more for the Father standing up for his boy than anything.
 

aRyan

TRUMP or BUST
How about being a parent and not letting the male kid do whatever he wants i.e. dressing up as a female. Kid is gonna grow up all messed up, thinking he can do whatever he wants, etc. I'll give him until 25 before he is dead or has contracted some deadly disease.
 

aRyan

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I know I'm going to get a lot of shit for this, but I'm saying this honestly and not trying to be an asshole or be sick.

The police might really want to look at the father a little closer and see if he has any priors or a background in anything like child pornography, male prostitution, homosexuality, etc.

Did the child learn to enjoy being in skirts say... after Dad made him wear one for a little 'movie'?

Where does a 5 year old child get a skirt from anyways?....
 

dennis

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The police might really want to look at the father a little closer and see if he has any priors or a background in anything like child pornography, male prostitution, homosexuality, etc.
He comes from a continent that is presently chock full of sick perverts. Those of which think its okay to demascinulate little boys,but not okay to own guns or eat cheeseburgers. Fuck those people.
 
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I don't know what to make of this but I know I wouldn't want a son of mine to wear skirts it's just plain weird.
 
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He comes from a continent that is presently chock full of sick perverts. Those of which think its okay to demascinulate little boys,but not okay to own guns or eat cheeseburgers. Fuck those people.
So only Europe has perves?
 

collaredgirl65

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I am not entirely comfortable with this either. I can understand not 'gender' typing a child, but this is a little beyond that. This child is just being set up for a beating or two later from the bullies. Yeah, yeah, yeah, bullying is bad, but guess what, it happens. I also agree that maybe the father needs to be looked into, why would this 5 year old boy consider wearing a dress. Hell, I raised 2 sons and they wouldn't of even considered doing this at that age. Now later on when they were teens, they would model their sister's dresses just to piss her off, but that was as far as it went.
 
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