Kids aren't born with insecurities about their appearances and they'll continue to feel secure when loved ones tell them that their looks don't define their value - like the mother in this story.
Kindness is one of the most important things everyone needs to know, understand and learn. The best way to ensure people are kind is to teach so at school and in our homes when kids are small. Kindness should never have to be something people need to learn when they're older - it needs to be something that they're constantly striving to be without giving up, no matter what. In a video that'll break as well as mend your heart a little bit, we see a mother help her daughter feel confident after being subjected to ridicule over her hair. The video posted on TikTok by Nika Diwa (@nikadiwa) soon got a lot of attention for all the right reasons.
The overlay text of the video says, "A kid said her beautiful hair 'looks like worms.'" The video begins with the little girl with wet eyes telling her mother how someone at school told her that her hair looked like worms. To this, the mother appears shocked and upset at first, but then immediately gains back her composure to make her daughter feel better. The first thing she does is apologize to her daughter. She says, "I am so sorry. Sometimes people are not kind." On hearing this, the little girl immediately asked, "Why are they not kind, mama?" It is questions like these that reaffirm our faith in the fact that no matter what, kids aren't inherently rude. They're always shown and taught how to be.
The mother quickly responded to her little girl saying that she didn't know. She said, "I don't know honey but you know what? You know what I do know? I know that you have enough kindness for everyone." This statement by the mother shows healthy parenting on so many levels. Firstly, she didn't make terrible excuses or reasons for the people who aren't kind. She said she didn't know it and didn't unnecessarily be snarky about it. Secondly, she uplifted her daughter by saying that the little girl, however, did. She has it in her to be as kind as the world needs her to be. Finally, to make the little girl feel confident about her hair, the mother told her a fun fact about worms. She said that even caterpillars are worms. But they grow up to become beautiful butterflies, and this in itself is proof that there's nothing wrong with anything anyone says. When the mother said, "Butterflies are beautiful," the daughter followed suit and said, "I'm beautiful!"
Lastly, the mother asked if the little girl wanted a butterfly crown to which the girl excitedly said a big yes! While doing her daughter's hair, the mother kept singing "I love my hair, I love my hair." And guess what? It eventually caught on! Because then the kid sang back saying, "Yes I do!" After the butterfly crown is done, the little girl happily says, "I love my hair," to which her mother lovingly replies, "I love it too honey." With a final "ta-da" and beautiful smiles, the video comes to an end.
The people in the comment section were as wholesome as ever. @momsmith54321 said, "I love how you were able to recover that quickly and turn the hurt into an affirmation of her beauty." @talkinboutthings said, "I love that you said 'I don’t know' when she asked why some people are not kind. So many assume it’s a bad home life or something else, but the truth." @crabby1011 said, "Please be sure to tell her that wormies can have up to 5 hearts. Beautiful girl, sorry people are so cruel!"