Little Girl Says She Hates Herself Because She's Bald - Dad Does Amazing Thing

A caring dad is melting hearts of people everywhere after a video of him and his daughter went viral. When his little girl cuddled up to him looking miserable and claiming she didn't love herself, the father gave her the sweetest pep talk. And then he took action to back up his words.

Chelsea Sylvaria shared a video she captured of her family with the Love What Matters Facebook Page. According to Chelsea, her daughter Riley was depressed because of her looks. The six-year-old girl has alopecia, an auto-immune disease that results in her having no hair.

The mom says she didn't even realize how hard it was on her daughter, because Riley is so beautiful to her family. Chelsea was playing with the kids one day and said, "I love Riley, I love Gavin, I love Grayson" naming everyone in the family.

Riley then asked Chelsea, "Do you love yourself?"

"Of course I do, you always have to love yourself!" Chelsea responded. She then asked her daughter, "Do you love yourself?"

She was taken aback when Riley whispered, "No."

"What do you mean you don’t love yourself?" the stunned mother asked.

"I don’t love myself because I don’t have hair," the little girl said.

Chelsea didn't know what to do. She says she and her husband had hoped to raise their daughter to be 'strong, confident, and loved', but Riley's statement shook her.

That night, her husband Dave came home. The mom filled him as he hugged and consoled Riley, talking about what she told her mom earlier.

"How come you say things like that?" he asks her. "You shouldn't say things like that, kiddo. You're a very special girl. Do you know that? Do you know how special you are? ... Hair doesn't matter. I know you would like to have hair ... but I love you the same no matter what. And so does Mommy. And so does everybody else."

Then Dave asked Riley if she wanted him to shave his head. Riley snapped up and smiled, and she nodded. The two went straight to the bathroom to shear off daddy's locks.

"It's just hair, kiddo. It doesn't matter," he repeated as Riley helped him shave himself bald. Then the two put their heads together proudly.

"We want her to know it's OK to sometimes get upset, but that she is strong and beautiful no matter what!" Chelsea said in her post.

The beautiful gesture made by the father, who was so caring and loving with his little girl, was enough to melt just about any heart.

Comments of support came pouring in. One woman posted a picture of herself at age eight. "Riley, you are beautiful sweetie. When I was 8, I had cancer, and I had no hair either," she said.

"Riley is PERFECT just the way she is!! I'm shaving my head in about 10 minutes in her honor ... I'm going to call the haircut 'The Riley,'" said another person.

Since then, more people have been shaving their heads in solidarity with Riley, and the love continues to spread.

Most of us know that ‘looks don’t matter’, and beauty is skin-deep, but we realize just how hard it is for a beautiful person to be a little ‘different’ out there in the world, where people sometimes forget to be kind.

Source: A Plus
Photos: YouTube

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