Thursday, May 6, 2010

Children Not Cutting Their Own Hair

On a morning about six years ago, my husband came and woke me up and had a very concerned look on his face. He said he needed to tell me something. Bracing myself for news of the death of a loved one, I sat up in bed and held my breath. Then Kevin asked our then three-year-old daughter Callie to come into the room and urged her to fess up.

"I cut my hair," she said in a soft tone while looking at the floor. As I looked at her, I said, "Okaaaaay," and then looked at Kevin with a Really? It's not that obvious look. To which he said, "Callie, turn around and show Mommy the back."

Oh. My. Goodness.

Callie's hair had been past her shoulders, and now there was about a three-inch-wide section missing right in the middle at the base of her head/top of her neck. Oh yes, and this was just two weeks before she was to be a flower girl in my sister's wedding. Lovely timing.

So off we went for Callie's first big girl haircut. There weren't a lot of options, so we went with the short stack in the back with sides that angled longer toward her face. And it was sooooo cute! I would never have done it on my own, but with our hands forced, we did it, and it was darling.

Thankfully that's the only self-inflicted haircuts we've had at our house. (You should see me knocking on wood while maintaining my typing.) We got off easy. Many Mamas aren't so lucky. They get to deal with the random chunks missing and and/or the bangs-be-gone look. And these children probably thought just as Callie did--"It's okay, Daddy. I can put it back."

Nope. Ya can't.

Question for you: Has your child ever cut his/her own hair or a sibling's hair? How bad was the damage? And did you take a picture?


7 comments:

4 J's said...

My five year old (at the time) came to me when she should have been brushing her teeth, and said through the tears, "I accidently cut my hair!!" It was about 2 1/2 inch piece on the underneath. you could not see it at all but we had to chop it all off. Looked cute but she had wanted long hair for so long that that was punishment enough for her. I took a picture of the hair in the toilet...she tried to hide the evidence...

Carrie Bevell Partridge said...

Maybe she heard adults talking about cutting it so that it would grow. :)

Jen said...

Charlie's not big on haircuts - in fact, his current floppy style is less his effort to be trendy and more his effort to put off his next haircut for as long as possible!

laurie said...

Given that my hair was only about 2 inches long in my wedding, Callie was in very good company as my short-haired flower girl. And that haircut WAS so cute on her!

Carrie Bevell Partridge said...

Now she's growing it out again and wants to donate it to Locks of Love, so we might see that short cut again soon!

tcsoko said...

I cut my brother's fringe for him with pinkingsheers in time for his school photo - that was a classic photo. I also got into trouble for putting talc in my wet hair - you need to be very specific when explaining to kids what talc does - don't just say it is to help you dry quicker!

Carrie Bevell Partridge said...

Oh wow!