By: Stephanie Vendetti, Co-Founder of How to be a Redhead

First, this is not a sponsored article.

Second, you must see the movie “Wonder”.

Third, you’ll definitely know how to handle redhead bullying.

This inspirational movie tells the story of a young boy named Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) with a facial deformity who in fifth grade decides to go to a traditional school after being home-schooled by his mother, who plays Julia Roberts.

His classmates and community struggle to find acceptance in Auggie’s appearance, causing him to face many hardships and struggles along this emotional journey.

Friendship and love soon flourish in Auggie’s world as he and everyone around him learn a powerful message:

‘You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.’

This heartfelt movie (warning: bring tissues) teaches so many important life lessons – lessons that could have definitely helped me in school.

I personally struggled for years to embrace who I was: one of the only freckled redheads in my entire school.

I had a difficult time accepting who I was and just wanted to look like everyone else.

This is what I learned from the movie:

1. Don’t hide:

Auggie hides behind his astronaut helmet until one day he doesn’t even know where it is. He begins to walk with confidence and develops true friendships along the way, which help build up the courage to not hide his face.

2. Never judge anyone:

We all know the saying: never judge a book by its cover. It stands true in this movie as well. Auggie’s friends soon find out that he’s actually just an ordinary kid who likes to do ordinary kid stuff.

3. Stand up for yourself:

Never give in to bullies. Kids can be harsher than adults simply because they say whatever is on their minds. Your true friends will stick up for you.

4. Always choose kindness:

How we treat each other really makes the world the better place. You can ‘be’ kind but while being kind, always choose kindness and love above all.

5. Be yourself: 

Do not change who you are to fit into a circle of friends or have certain people like you. You are who you are and that is an amazing thing.

Rock it like a Redhead!