Every little girl deserves to FEEL like a princess. In my eyes, a child’s looks are not what make them a princess. Explaining that to a child is hard when all they see is a little girl with no hair staring back at them in the mirror. Hair loss for any age and for any reason can be difficult but for a child, it can take away the feeling that they are still a beautiful princess regardless of their looks.
Most of the time, children who are dealing with hair loss are also having to deal with a lot of doctors appointments, treatments, constant tests and feeling like their body is nothing but a pin cushion. It’s not fair, but it is reality. The parents of these children are already struggling with the emotional trauma that comes with a sick or hurt child. Medical expenses pile up, leaving parents strapped and unable to give their children the resources to help ease the physical and mental pain.
The feeling of being different than other children can really put a strain on a child emotionally. If there is one big way for US to help ease SOME of that pain, I am all for it! For that reason, I had a talk with my four-year-old daughter.
You see, she has absolutely gorgeous hair. Her long black hair has been one of her defining physical characteristics. She had mentioned wanting her haircut and, of course, I jumped at the opportunity to discuss donating her hair but before I could even bring up donating her hair, she surprised me.
Today, as we sat at an incredibly adorable children salon, I noticed all of the princess decor around the room. My daughter is a princess for a lot of reasons. Although her hair hung past her waist and was absolutely gorgeous… That is far from what makes her the princess that she is.
A few weeks ago, when we started talking about donating her hair, I told her about other children who did not have hair at all on their heads due to sickness. Before I could even bring up the idea of donating, she piped up and said “Mommy, that is so sad but I can give them some of mine.” That right there is a princess!!! MY princess!!!
Because of my daughter and her decision, there will be another little girl out there who will feel, once again, like they are the princess that their mommy and daddy already know they are. There will be a child with a head of gorgeous hair because of my daughters enormous heart. Talk about making mama proud!
It gave me a great opportunity to teach my daughter a few things.
- LOVE is an action
- We can help others even at four years old
- Simple acts of kindness can penetrate the hearts of many
- We should never take advantage of our health that Life is not all about me, me, me and what we can get.
It is about loving others and helping others when they have a need. It is about encouraging others even if they are strangers to us.
Short hair, long hair…. it doesn’t matter. She is far more princess today than she has ever been!!! Plus, she is totally rocking this new hair do!
Consider donation next time you get a hair cut!
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