Dear Mom of the child who just cut her own hair:
Right now you’re super upset. I know you’re seeing your baby with that jagged homemade haircut cut with scissors that she’s not even supposed to be touching, and you’re reacting one of two ways: either you’re resigned to what’s done is done, or you are seething and trying your hardest not to throttle her little bitty throat.
Go with that.
See, mom, this haircut thing – as frustrating as it is – is a good thing. Not that you want your child cutting her own hair all the time, but this is (believe it or not) a sign of autonomy. That means your child is starting to see herself separate from you.
This might have been just an experiment, or maybe she was bored, but think about this: up until this moment, every single decision about your child’s body has been up to you. From teaching her to hold a spoon, how to walk, how to potty, even (most likely) whether or not she can suck her own thumb.
This one, though, is all her.
What’s the worst that’s happened after all? It’s hair…it’ll grow back. And yes, it looks awful. I mean, Awful. It’s like Edward Scissorhands came alive in your child and took your sweet baby’s hair from cute to freakishly terrifying in a few small snips, but it’ll be okay.
In a few years your child will have done way worse things than cutting their own hair:
They’ll be driving.
The talking back will drive you insane.
The new styles of haircuts will drive you insane.
Don’t even get me started on the music…
Right now that little baby just took their first steps toward all of that and I think perhaps that’s what you’re truly terrified of. I mean, it really is just hair…
So sit back, mom, and take as many pictures of this awful ‘do’ as possible. Take a video. Remember this moment…because once the teenage years hit you’re going to WISH you could come back here!