You Have to See This Mom's Response When Her Daughter Was Bullied for Her Skin Color
When Alexandra Elle's daughter came home from school and told her mom she had been bullied because of her skin color, the Washington, D.C. author decided to take some pretty epic action in order to restore her kid's self confidence, which she then shared in a now-viral video posted on Instagram.
"The other day on the bus, my kiddo was being teased about her dark brown skin," she wrote in the caption. "It wasn't the first time and it won't be the last. This morning we did a little self-love exercise. I wrote some positive things on sticky notes and had her stick them to her mirror one at a time while reading them and saying 'I am.'
And indeed, in the clip there's a big mirror covered with pink sticky notes. "I want you to look in the mirror and read them to yourself," we hear Elle instruct her daugher. And so she does.
"I am beautiful and black," she begins. "I am smart. I am funny. I am vibrant."
So. Much. Yes!
In her post, Elle explained why she chose to go this creative route: "My daughter is sensitive and I love that about her," she said. "As we raise her, we are doing our absolute best to make sure that her sensitivity is matched with confidence and self-pride. I didn't have anyone doing this with me when I was growing up—and I hope it makes a difference as she goes through things that may be hurtful, difficult, and uncomfortable. Our children are our reflection. We must do our best to demonstrate greatness and show up for them."
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Way to go, mama! This is simply amazing. And a bonding session with our kids in a moment of vulnerability is something I think we can all relate to on a day like today.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld