Last weekend was haircut weekend for us. We had put it off so long that both of our children looked a little like sheepdogs. At four, our son is a trooper when it comes to getting his hair cut. He sits there meekly as his mop is shorn.
Our daughter, at two, is the opposite of a trooper. I am forced to sit in the chair, little wriggly worm on my lap, pitting my strength against hers as I vainly attempt to hold her, and her head, still. Wrestle, snip. Wrestle, snip. Wrestle, snip. It’s exhausting.
That is why I am going to propose that future hair cuts will be at home in our back yard. Here are some excellent reasons to cut your own children’s hair at home.
- They don’t care. Once they are old enough to care about how their hair looks, they are old enough to sit still in the hair cutting chair.
- You can cut their hair without clothes on. I mean, they can have their clothes off. (You can too if you really want.) Then, when the hair cut is done, you can hose them off in the back yard. No more clumps of hair in the car seat.
- They can whine and cry all they want and nobody will give you the ol’ stink-eye.
- It’s free! You can spend that extra money on a good garden hose to spray them with after their hair cuts.
- Like Mr. Worthington over at the Huffington Post says, “the difference between a good and bad haircut is about three days.” Hair grows back.
So strip them down, strap them in their chairs and snip away!