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Dear Mom Of The Child Who Just Cut Her Own Hair

Dear Mom of the child who just cut her own hair,

child cut 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.

child cut own hair

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.

child cut own hair

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.

child cut own hair
A young mother trains her daughter to use the potty outdoor.

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.



Breaking up.

child cut own hair

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.

child cut own hair

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.

child cut own hair

Remember this moment…because once the teenage years hit you’re going to WISH you could come back here!

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Sunday 21st of March 2021

So i’m not actually a mom, i’m 16 and an older sister. My newly 4 y/o younger sister told me she cut her hair AND her younger cousins hair. i calmly asked where, and she led me to her room. i was mortified. ALL over the floor was curls from her hair, and bits of her cousins. initially when i saw her hair, i thought it was just messy, but when we entered the room and the fact that she cut her hair was confirmed, i could now see every piece of hair that she had cut. she starts preschool tomorrow! she said she wanted to be like rapunzel! she seems really sad and she made me pinky promise to not tell our mom. i’m so stressed. my aunt is going to freak when she sees her sons hair, and my mom is also going to freak is she notices my sisters hair. i literally don’t know what to do. i want to keep the trust between my sister and i, but i feel like i should tell my mom.

Home Plix

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Hi buddy, Now this is so a critical problem to cutting hair. I just read your blog. You have just given a nice example. Great work, thanks for sharing your amazing blog.


Friday 15th of November 2019

My daughter never cut her own hair when she was younger, however, just turned the teenage corner and bammm......she cut it...did such a bad job of it, I got it fixed. Then, 4 days later.....she’d cut it again. She has begged me to fix it, I just laugh now and say wait till it grows a bit more so there’s something to fix. ???

Anita fausel

Friday 21st of June 2019

My daughter not only cut her hair,she cut her little friends hair also....try explaining THAT!


Thursday 18th of February 2021

@Anita fausel,


Monday 6th of May 2019

I agree to a degree. This would be the SECOND time my 3 year old granddaughter cut her hair at DAYCARE. Our issue is this....where were the care givers while she did this? They should be under supervision whilst using sharp scissors. And if she had been this wouldn't have happened at daycare. At home yes but not at the place where the people are paid to WATCH over our kids.