What This Dad Did When His Girl Revealed She Doesn't Love Herself Will Have You Sobbing

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Love can grow stronger every day, but nothing deepens it like when you see another person cherish your child. Even if you're married and that person is the father of your kid, when you watch him love that child as fiercely as you do, it's incredible what it can do to your heart. Chelsea Sylvaria experienced this with her husband of seven years, and in honor of their anniversary, she shared two candid videos showcasing why she's so in love with Dave after their 6-year-old daughter made a heartbreaking announcement.

  • Chelsea and Dave's oldest child has alopecia, and she recently admitted that she doesn't love herself.

    Although Riley was born with a full head of hair, her mom explains to CafeMom that she gradually lost it all and was bald by the time she was 12 months old. "Shortly after, she started to grow some hair, but with bald batches all over head head. At that point she was officially diagnosed at the age of 15 months with alopecia," Chelsea tells CafeMom. "It is completely heartbreaking as parents to watch. You want to be able to give your daughter everything, even something as simple as hair! As parents we have gone through all the emotions -- upset, angry, helpless -- but ultimately we have realized that it is what it is."

    Since Riley's initial diagnosis, Chelsea and Dave have worked to teach their daughter that she was dealt this card for a reason and that she's amazing no matter what. However, the little girl recently needed some extra help understanding this. "Yesterday I was joking around with Riley and telling her everyone I loved. 'I love Riley, I love Gavin, I love Grayson ... etc.' Riley then looked at me and went, 'Do you love yourself?'" Chelsea wrote in a post shared on Love What Matters' Facebook page. "I immediately said, 'Of course I do, you always have to love yourself! Do you love yourself?' Riley responded very softly, 'No.'"

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  • Riley confessed to her mom that it's hard for her to love herself because she doesn't have hair.

    "I was a bit taken aback and said, 'What do you mean you don’t love yourself?' To which she uttered my worst fear, 'I don’t love myself because I don’t have hair,'" Chelsea wrote. "Riley has alopecia and we hope to raise her to be strong, confident and loved."

  • In honor of her wedding anniversary, Chelsea posted what happened later that evening when Dave heard.

    "I am going to share one of the many reasons why I am so in love with my husband...." Chelsea wrote. "Fast-forward to later that night when we got home. Dave wanted to talk to her about what she had said ... this was the result. I LOVE this man with all my heart."

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  • Not only did Dave say what every girl deserves to hear from her dad, but he also took action to show how perfect Riley is.

    According to Chelsea, Dave's heartfelt pep talk and show of support did the trick. "Riley is currently over being upset about having no hair, minor bump in the road of life!" she wrote. "We want her to know it's OK to sometimes get upset, but that she is strong and beautiful no matter what!"

    Chelsea mentions that Riley is a daddy's girl -- and it's easy to understand why. "He has shaved his head before for her and every time she lights right up! It’s really special to watch," Chelsea tells CafeMom. "We know she will have bumps in the road with dealing with her alopecia, and that's OK! We want her to know that it's OK to get upset or mad, but we hope to encourage her to realize that she is strong and beautiful no matter what!"

    The dedicated parents are striving to teach their daughter to embrace every part of herself and hope that Dave's words will impact others as well. "Everyone has something about themselves that they wish they could change; unfortunately Riley's is a bit more obvious!" she says. "I ultimately decided to share the video because I hope that it will inspire others who are in similar circumstances whether they are upset because they are bald, have glasses, have curly hair, straight hair, freckles, no freckles etc. We are all beautiful in our own way. It’s OK to get upset, but what's more important is that you get back up and move forward."

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