ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

The 2013 animated musical may have come out over a year ago now, but Frozen fever is far from cooling down.

While some parents still lament at the thought of listening to 'Let It Go' ever again, others, like Paul Henson and Ashley Ramage, are embracing it and using it as a lesson in compassion and a means of challenging gender norms.

Paul and Ashley's three-year-old son, Caiden, loves Frozen and its characters just as much as any other toddler out there. So much so, in fact, that after being told he could dress up in any costume he wanted this Halloween, he chose to go as Ice Queen Elsa.

When the pair went shopping for Halloween costumes the other day, Paul probably wasn't preparing for the world to deem him a strong candidate for parent of the year. But after posting a picture of Caiden making a funny face in his costume of choice, the Internet took notice.

Anyone that knows us, knows we generally let Caiden make his own choices, to an extent. Well, he has decided on a...

Posted by Paul Henson on Sunday, October 4, 2015

If anyone has a problem with Caiden dressed as Elsa for Halloween, they're just going to have to let it go.

And if this photo of Caiden is any indication, he and Paul will probably be two of the cutest Anna and Elsas on their trick-or-treating route!

Huffington Post got in touch with Henson to discuss their Internet fame and what kind of lessons they want parents to learn from them:

As children get older, they distance themselves from their parents. Why start that split sooner than they need to?.
It's important for children to know that their parents will stand by them no matter what. Ashley and I will do whatever it takes to keep our son happy and not take his innocence and imagination from him.

Caiden's mother mirrored this sentiment, saying parents should let their children express themselves freely. Sounds kind of like one of the things Frozen was trying to teach us in the first place.

I want other parents to realize that gender stereotypes are taught and learned behaviors, At three years old, kids are still developing, exploring and discovering. As parents we shouldn't discourage their individuality.

They also want their son to grow up knowing that his life choices shouldn't strictly rely on what society expects of him. Henson went on to make a fantastic point. If his son wants to be a Disney Princess, why not just let him?

Why shame him for wanting to be a princess? When little girls want to be superheroes, it's cute. Why isn't it the same for a little boy that wants to be a princess?

That daily dose of good parenting is enough to brighten anyone's day. Caiden is a lucky little guy for having parents as kind and understanding as Paul and Ashley.

(Source: Facebook, Huffington Post)


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