I recently posted a picture to my personal FB wall, and accidentally started a firestorm.
A sweet picture of 12 adorable young girls became the center of a heated debate about cosmetics on children.
Here’s the thing I love about the world we live in: we all have different stories to tell. We all have different opinions. And we all have the right to have those opinions. I’m always open to hearing a different perspective – in fact, I recently wrote about how I celebrate our differences. You just have to keep the discussion respectful.
But here’s the thing I don’t love about the online world we live in: people sometimes forget what it takes to be a kind and decent human being and instead say things they may not be ‘brave’ enough to in person.
And maybe people leave some comments on a picture and insinuate that a person who would put makeup on their daughter for the stage is destroying her confidence and is an all around rotten parent because that parent is telling her that she’s not good enough without said makeup.
Here at Wild Ruffle, we don’t often write about controversial subjects. And even when we do, our readers have remained kind to one another, even when they don’t agree with what we have to say. This post left a bad taste in at least one reader’s mouth, and she took the time to tell us so on our FB wall. But she did it in a way that led to thoughtful discussion instead of lashing out.
I often tell my kids that they need to choose kindness. And I believe that it IS a choice.
As you read this, I’m at a national dance competition, and may very well be applying makeup to my young daughter’s face at this moment. You may feel it’s wrong for someone in theater or dance to wear cosmetics. And that’s fine with me – it’s a decision I’ve made for our family, and it might not be right for yours.
You’re welcome to tell me so, but only if you are kind. Because the beautiful thing about the online world is the power to hit delete.
We keep things positive around here. So if you can’t be kind, then you’re going to get cut.
dress – The Vintage Gypsy, shoes and bag – J Crew
Speaking of kindness, this sundress might just be the kindest of them all. It’s light and airy, breathable and comfortable, and LINED (why are so many white dress unlined??). I may just live in it this summer.
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