How do you boost your child’s self-confidence? A mom from the Bahamas may have a good strategy. Just watch how her adorable daughter reacted to a classmate’s cruel insult!
Sonya Antoine, of Nassau, Bahamas, likes to instill good values in her 4-year-old daughter, Siahj Chase, by reading her motivational books at bedtime, PEOPLE reported.
Speaking to TODAY, Antoine revealed that every single day, she tells Siahj, who’s also known as Cici: “You’re the most beautiful little girl, but beauty doesn’t last. Brains and good manners will take you around the world.”
To develop Cici’s self-confidence, Antoine even encourages her to repeat these words in front of the mirror.
“I want Cici to know that beauty is only skin deep and it’s what’s on the inside that matters most,” Antoine said.
Having been taught “beauty is only skin deep,” Cici knew exactly what to say when a boy called her “ugly.”
She just shrugged off the insult and gave him the perfect comeback right away.
Amazed by Cici’s brilliant answer, Antoine asked her daughter what happened to her at school again, so as to capture her quick retort on video.
“A little boy said I look … ugly,” Cici says in the video.
Antoine asks, “And what did you say?”
“I said, ‘I didn’t come here to make a fashion statement. I came here to learn, not look pretty,’” Cici replies.
And that’s not all. Watch the rest of her response in the video below!
“Her response was so mature, I couldn’t believe it!” Antoine said.
“Cici is a gem,” Antoine told HuffPost. “She’s sharp …. very active, talkative.”
And many YouTube users concurred with Antoine.
“She is so cute and bright! well done miss cici,” one YouTube user wrote.
Another added, “She’s so smart lol.”
“Ahaha she’s so cute. So glad she has such a strong mind at much a young age and doesn’t take words to heart,” commented another.
Though Cici may be 4, she’s wise beyond her age.
As per a survey conducted by the National Institute on Media and Family via the University of Washington, 40 percent of American girls aged 9 and 10 years old have tried to lose weight, and 53 percent of the girls are “unhappy with their bodies” by age 13.
According to the 2016 Girls’ Attitudes Survey by Girlguiding—the Leading U.K. charity for girls and young women—80 percent of the over 1,000 girls surveyed aged 11 to 21 felt their looks were the most important thing about them.
Growing up in a looks-obsessed society, it’s wonderful to see Cici rising above the influence, and putting education as top priority.
“I want to share what I’ve shared with Cici,” Antoine said. “I want to make kids feel like they can do anything and that it’s on the inside that matters.”
Absolutely! Parents and kids can all learn a thing or two from Antoine and Cici.