The other day my son and I had the “hair conversation!” What baffles me about him is the fact that he is only 4 years old but is already questioning his appearance especially with regards to his curly kinky hair texture in comparison to the other boys on cartoons, commercials and in his Pre-k class.
His dad and I constantly have to ensure that he understands that he is enough! Every curl on his head down to the toes on his feet.
Recently Viola Davis shared that she would not allow her daughter Genesis to be Elsa for Halloween unless she made the decision to forget the wig and rock her natural hair. For some parents that might seem a bit strange but for me and possibly some of you, we can honestly identify with her stance.
Read below via Yahoo:
At the L.A. launch for Vaseline’s Cocoa Radiant Body Butter, Davis tells Yahoo Lifestyle that she used to want Oprah’s hair and Diana Ross‘s body. However, she is teaching her daughter, Genesis, not “to grow up wanting someone’s everything.”
This proves to be a bit challenging whenever the 6-year-old wants to dress up as a white Disney princess or comic-book character. But when trying to convince Genesis to wear her natural hair and not a wig, Davis says, “I really push it. I push it.”
As she explains, “I say, ‘You gotta wear your hair exactly the way it is. You can be Wonder Woman, but you gotta be Wonder Woman with your hair. You can be Elsa, but you gotta be Elsa with your hair.’”
“You can do all of that stuff if you start with the palette of loving who you are,” says Davis. It obviously makes sense to Genesis, as she chose to “keep her ‘fro” when donning a full-on Wonder Woman costume, which her mother showed off on Instagram.
At the end of the day our children are looking at images and trying to find themselves within them which is why diversity matters. What creative ways have you used to eradicate any sort of self doubt with your children? Share below!