Teacher Writes Beautiful Note To Young Student Who Was Ridiculed For Her Weight

Teacher Writes Beautiful Note To Young Student Who Was Ridiculed For Her Weight

The way we speak to our children is so crucial that we can’t underestimate the importance of using the correct language. Words have impact and many times the effect will stay with our kids forever. I still remember the feeling of shame and embarrassment when kids at school teased me for my acne covered face. Those feelings of not being good enough lingered for years and to this day I still feel insecure about my skin.

So imagine being a little girl and realising for the first time that your weight is seen as an issue. That those little numbers on a scale can provoke feelings of angst and insecurity.

A story about this very issue was shared on the  Momstrosity Facebook page recently and it seems to have hit home with many of her followers who have praised the mum for sharing such a personal story. Here’s what the touching post by Eliza Morrill said:

Yesterday, some girls made fun of my daughter’s weight.

She is several inches taller and about 6 months older than most of her friends. They had a discussion about how much they weigh, and her number was the biggest.

This is the first time, but surely not the last time
she will worry or fret about her body.

This is the first time, but surely not the last time
she will equate her worth with a number on a scale.

I know this struggle too well.
I hate it.

I hate this roller coaster she is sure to be stuck on throughout her childhood, teen years, and probably into adulthood.

But, my daughter has a teacher who builds her students up- who thinks about them and loves them individually.

Yesterday, my daughter shared her hurt feelings with her teacher, and her teacher gave her this letter today.

She believed this letter, but she couldn’t believe my messages of support last night. Words are sometimes easier to believe when they don’t come from your mama’s mouth.

I have always found that educators are the kindest and most empathetic people on the planet, and this is the perfect example.

All teachers should be so caring,
and all students should be so lucky.

Mum and blogger Morrill was devastated by how her daughter was made to feel especially since it came from her own classmates at school. She admits it’s a struggle that most women will be faced with during their lives but felt sad that her daughter had to experience it at such a young age.

Luckily for Morrill’s daughter though she is surrounded by strong women who help to build up her self esteem and make her realise just how special and beautiful she is. One of these women is her own teacher who took the time to write her a beautiful and personal letter addressing the incident that happened in class.

“You have been on my mind since yesterday,” began the letter. “What happened in class tugged on my heart and I just had to write you.”

The teacher went on to explain that these hurtful words have nothing to do with who she is as a person. “Thoughtless words and actions from others say NOTHING true about you,” it continues, “but rather reveal a great deal about the other person. Being a girl is tough, and throughout life you will face doubts about yourself, just like all girls do.”

“When you begin to doubt how LOVELY you are, remember that numbers on a scale NEVER determine a person’s worth.We are all different sizes, colours, and shapes, and honestly … that’s what makes us so beautiful and unique. No one is exactly like you — and that’s a goooood thing!”

What a beautiful message for a girl to receive at such a young age. And indeed it’s a message that applies to women at any age. There is no such thing as the perfect woman. We are all different and absolutely beautiful in our our unique ways. Yes, we will continue to get bombarded by images of what we ‘should’ look like but the more we challenge and question these ideals the happier we will all become.

This teacher has gone above and beyond to help her young student. Taking the time to write a personal letter of empowerment to her young student will have a profound effect on her. Hearing words like “No-one is like you …and that’s a good thing,” are just priceless!

What a beautiful gift this young student has received!

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