Now you see stories like this always get people saying oh silly parents, cut the boys hair, but a boy having long hair will not effect his mental state, is not a form of neglect like some people would happily shout. The comments on the article in The Sun are just crazy!
I have, in the past, been told that I will 'make my boys gay!' and other such comments, when my youngest would refused to play in the paddling pool unless he had his sisters swimming costume on - and neglectful mother that I am allowed him!
I never minded when he choose to sit and play with the bratz or the glittery pink sparkly toys, and put on his sisters pink hats and make up.
It never worried me because he also loves to play rough and tumble games with his brother, and dress up as Spiderman, climb trees find bugs. I wouldn't mind if indeed he did decided he was gay, as long as my children are happy and have the confidence to be themselves then that is fine by me.
Other silly comments you hear when boys play with dolls or have long hair is 'bet the mum wanted a girl!'
I certainly didn't desperate want a girl, I already have a much loved daughter, but even if I only had boys it truly wouldn't bother me. I simply allowed all my children to experiment and explorer with everything life has to offer, both my boys and my daughter, (who loves nothing better than to find bugs, frogs and generally get as muddy as possible outdoors!) have been allowed to become whoever they want to.
I know some may say that's not fair on the child, but whos to say cutting your sons hair really short is what your son actually wants? In those first few years surely as parents we're allowed some input in our childrens lives, as long as when they are old enough to express an opinion you take that into consideration then I am fine for little boys to sport lovely long locks.
My boys haven't got as long hair as the boy mentioned above, they have had several hair cuts over the years, at their discretion; if they ask to have their hairs cut then they can, the fact I love them with longer hair has no bearing on their own opinions and even when they ask for their hair to be cut short and my heart sinks, it doesn't mean I refuse.
I am aware that hair has that lovely ability to keep growing back!