Isabella and I have a little ritual. I always say "Guess what?" and Isabella replies, "I love you." Then I say, "Guess what else?" and she says, "You're beautiful.". This conversation happens because I have said the words 'I love you' and 'You're beautiful' to her many times, and she already knows what I'm getting ready to say. I had a conversation with her today... We were talking about beauty and what it means to be beautiful. I asked her what she thought and this is what she said:
"It doesn't matter about what you look like. It's from inside our hearts. That's what matters."
I almost started to cry (as I am doing right now). That lesson is something that I never want her to forget. To be able to hold on to that knowledge as she grows up will be crucial in the person she becomes. I want her to know that every person she sees has a story. They all have a reason for being who they are. Our job is not to judge them on their appearance. We need to look past that and see people for who they really are. Respect and love is what you show, not judgement and prejudice. Our kids need to know that bullying is not ok. So many people have lost the simple value of treating others the way you want to be treated.
It starts with us. We, as adults, need to set the example and show our kids that our looks don't matter, it's who we are that is important. We need to let our kids see that we can see the beauty in others so that they can continue to do the same.
Here are a few little ladies that may be small in size, but definitely not in beauty! :)