Preteen girls can be vulnerable when it comes to body insecurities, especially since they’re at the age when their bodies begin to change. And when Tiana Sheehan was a preteen, she was no different. Until her single dad helped her out in a big way.
You see, Sheehan’s mother had passed away at such a young age that she never had the chance to get a mother-daughter lesson on things like puberty or the many changes girls go through while growing up, such as growing hair on their legs.
And at age 10, Sheehan confessed to her single dad that girls at summer camp were teasing her about her hairy legs. So she wanted to learn how to shave them—and she needed him to teach her.
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In a heartwarming Facebook tribute, Sheehan wrote, “I remember coming up to dad and being so embarrassed to ask him for help, but man, did he handle it like a champ!"
And oh, boy, did he--even if it took him a minute to collect himself at first after hearing her request.
“For a moment he put his head down; and then he turned the TV off, took me into the bathroom, gave me a new blade on his razor, gave me his shaving cream, and taught me how to shave my legs,” she wrote.
Wow! We couldn't imagine what it must have been like for a father to give a shaving lesson that didn't involve men's shaving. Though oftentimes we hear about men giving their sons lessons in proper grooming out of love, it begs the question of why it would be any different for a man doing the same for his daughter. After all, the love is clearly shining through here.
And obviously, this bold gesture had an impact on Sheehan that went far beyond a parent teaching a kid how to do any old skill or activity.
She wrote, “Dad, I know I haven't said it enough, so here's a big public THANK YOU for never, ever, ever being too much of a man to be my mom. Thank you for never being too embarrassed to do the girl stuff you had to do, thank you for never making it embarrassing for me to ask you for help.”
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Bravo to Sheehan’s dad for stepping up for his little girl—even when it means stepping outside his comfort zone. Clearly, he’s doing a stand-up job!