Photo by Michelle Rawlins
Photo by Michelle Rawlins

Some people get tattoos to try and disguise or cover up a birthmark. These British parents did exactly the opposite. They got tattoos to match their daughter’s birthmark so she will never feel different.

Mom, Tanya Phillips, got the idea for the tattoo after the family had been shopping and an older couple kept staring at the baby girl and whispering. Knowing that if adults could be so unintentionally mean, kids were likely to be too.

“We wanted Honey-Rae to feel special, that her birthmark was something to feel proud of and not embarrassed by,” she told the U.K.’s Mirror.

Tanya, and her husband Adam’s new tattoo duplicates the strawberry rose birthmark that stretches from their 18-month-old daughter Honey-Rae’s toes to her lower back.

“I showed Honey-Rae, and she gently touched it and smiled as she said “Match”, pointing to her own leg.”

For the naysayers that say the action is extreme or isn’t preparing their daughter for the harsh realities of the real world, multiple studies say it is teaching the young girl something: empathy.

The experts say that by modelling empathic behaviour parents can generate sympathetic responses in their kids.