So last night, while I was preparing my hair for bed my 4 year old asked me THE question-what is nappy hair?
I paused, I swallowed, I gave the "deer in headlights" look. How do you answer this question to an impressionable 4-year old who is trying to establish a relationship with her hair?
What do you say, because whatever you say can be a defining moment in life and can really shape how she views hair and most importantly, her own.
So, after taking a few deep breaths, I kneeled down to her level and held her hands. I told her that "some people refer to tightly curled hair as nappy hair. Some people uses the word nappy as a bad word to hurt other's feelings. But you should not let anyone use that word to hurt your feelings. If someone ever say to you that you have "nappy hair". You look at them and say, "yes, my hair is beautiful."
It's never to early to try to build self esteem in our young ladies, because we are loosing the battle to the superficial-ness (is that a word?) that exists in the world. So, answering that question was so important for me, yet so nerve reckoning. HOW DID I DO? What would you say to your 4-year old given this situation?