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Meet the mother-son TikTok stars shattering gender norms: "I would never want to clip his wings"


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And I would never want to clip his wings.""I just want to be the bridge to get him to where he needs to be, instead of the roadmap, dictating which way to go."A post shared by BRODY SCHAFFER • TINYDANCER (@bossbabybrody)According to the family website Parents, children benefit from gender-neutral toys and activities because they promote experimental thinking, introduce kids to science, technology, engineering, arts and math early, and reduce the reinforcement of gender stereotypes.Schaffer believes it is important to really listen to how children feel, especially for parents confused by norm-defying kids like Brody."Maybe just asking what does your child like? But what if I didn't allow him to have that journey?" Schaffer said.The TikToker later said that when "99%" of people support Brody, "those 1 percenters, I'm not even concerned about, really.""All four of my children are different, and it's important to support that," she said.As for Brody, Schaffer called him a "natural performer.""He just likes to perform, and I like to document.

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