Parents are constantly worried about protecting their children and teaching them the skills they need to become confident, resilient individuals. Sometimes, even young children can show their parents that all that worrying and hard work is paying off.
Mother Kelly Wilson Bossley recently shared a story on the Love What Matters Facebook page that shows she's clearly doing something right. In the post, she told an inspiring story about her daughter Lydia's reaction to being stared at by some of her preschool classmates because of the port-wine stain birthmark on her face.
"This morning at preschool drop off, I could tell my daughter noticed some of her new classmates staring and whispering when they saw the fresh bruising on her face from her latest treatment to keep her port wine stain birthmark healthy," Bossley wrote.
"Instead of getting upset or self conscious, Lydia simply walked over to her cubby, pulled out the copy of Sam's Birthmark and handed it to her teacher to read to the class," Bossley wrote.
Sam's Birthmark is a children's book about a boy who has a port-wine stain birthmark. It encourages children to embrace their differences and also brings awareness to vascular birth marks such as port-wine stains.
We're blown away by Lydia. She made an effort to educate the kids who were staring at her instead of letting their reactions get her down. Her incredibly maturity and confidence serves as inspiration for other kids, teens, and even adults. Education is so much better than confrontation or ignoring the problem.
"She isn't even 3 yet but her resilience and ability to self-care blows me away. I cried nearly the entire way to work," Bossley wrote. "Not because I worry how her peers will treat her in the years to come, but because I know this girl is gonna do big things!"
We think so too.