I’ve mentioned Riley’s lack of false modesty here before. If you give her a compliment, her usual response is to agree with you.
You: “You are so cute!”
Her: “I know.” (We’ve worked on a simple thank you being a nice response).
You: “Your hair looks so cool!”
Her: “I have to admit, it does.”
If you didn’t know her, it might sound like conceit but it really isn’t.
She does not think she is better than anyone else. She thinks everyone is as fabulous as she is. Someone could be butt ugly, and she would not notice it and would find something to praise in them. Someone could act like a total jackass, and she would defend them with, “It’s not their fault.” She knows people act out when they are hurting.
What if every compliment given were accepted? What if we didn’t deflect them? What if we all gave people the benefit of the doubt?
What if we all loved ourselves so much, we could hold only love and appreciation and compassion for others, and nothing else?
My baby turned 12 yesterday. And she is beautiful. Just ask her.