On the days when my oldest daughter tells me that she wants to cut all of her hair off, I tend to have trouble dealing with that specifically.
She is 7.
I wasn’t allowed to make decisions about cutting my hair until I was 10 or 11 or maybe even older. My mother made us grow our hair out very long and we were not allowed to get it cut. It was the 80’s after all and long hair was all the rage.
I remember being in 6th grade and cutting my hair at my friends house. I tried to hide it from my mother because I cut (albeit badly) about six inches off of my hair. She discovered it within 15 minutes of me arriving home. Needless to say, I was grounded for weeks.
I promised myself that I would not do that to my own children. I would help them make decisions about their hair and would let them have freedom to do what they wanted as long as it was within reason.
The other day my daughter decided that she wanted to cut all of her hair off and asked me to take her to the hair stylist. I was stunned. She showed me where she wanted it cut to and that was right at her chin.
I love the length of her hair. It looks great on her and in fact, could be a little longer. But no, she wants it cut. So what could I do?
Although I have no doubt that chin length hair would look great on her, I told her to wait a couple of days and that we would go this weekend if she still wanted to get it cut. Although I was secretly hoping that she would forget.
DOES YOUR CHILD MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR HAIR? WHY OR WHY NOT?
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