What do you do if you’re a dad and your young son tells you he wants to be Elsa for Halloween? Agree to be Anna, of course.
Paul Henson is a 28-year-old father from Virginia. His son Caden has made it very clear he wants to be everyone’s favorite Frozen princess for Halloween, so for Henson, it was just a matter of finding him the right Elsa costume. He snapped this photo when they were in the dressing room and shared it on Facebook. “I didn’t think I was doing anything out of the ordinary,” he told Buzzfeed. “Anyone that knows us, knows we generally let Caiden make his own choices, to an extent. Well, he has decided on a Halloween costume. He wants to be Elsa. He also wants me to be Anna. Game on.”
Dad says in the caption, “Halloween is about children pretending to be their favorite characters. Just so happens, this week his is a princess.” He told Buzzfeed that his parents raised him to be himself and that’s all he wants for his son.
That. Is. Beautiful.
It’s so easy to forget that our children are little people with their own likes, dislikes, and interests. The problem is, when parents limit what their children are allowed to like, they do it over the thought that everything about their child is a reflection of themselves — this just isn’t true. Our children come from us, but they aren’t us. They are them. Individuals.
Kudos to a dad that realizes this and is letting his son have some harmless Halloween fun. Halloween is all about role-playing, after all — and who wouldn’t want to be Elsa? Elsa rocks.