If You Don’t Laugh, You’ll Cry

Over the weekend I had one of those face palm parenting moments.

It happened when I went into the kidlets playroom to see what they were up to. I found my six-year old son sitting perfectly content on the couch watching cartoons, but my daughter was nowhere in sight. Unlike my son, she gets bored pretty quick watching cartoons. My girl is constantly in motion, she always has to be doing something so I knew I’d find her around the corner creating a masterpiece at her art table.

That’s when I discovered this:

THM_LaughCry_1One of several clumps of hair I found on the ground that morning.

Apparently she was working on one really big craft project, herself! Using safety scissors she managed to cut off a big chunk of her bangs as well as hair by her right ear. I shiver to think how much more hair she would have cut if I had come in five minutes later, she could have been bald!

THM_LaughCry_2Maybe she didn’t like her bangs anymore?

Once the initial shock of seeing several clumps of my daughter’s beautiful hair on the ground wore off, I clicked into mom mode. I removed the scissors from her hand, scooped the piles of hair and marched her upstairs to her room to change her clothes since she had pieces of hair all over herself.

Exasperated, I called out to The Hubs for reinforcements. As I told him what happened he took one look our daughter who was literally marching by with chopped hair and a smirk on her face and he broke out into hysterical laughter.

Up in her room I was finally calm enough to ask her why she had cut her hair. She said she got the idea from the movie. See, the day before she and I watched “Tangled” for the first time, which is a re-imagining of the “Rapunzel” story.  I don’t think I’m giving anything away here, but at the end of the film, Flynn Rider AKA Eugene cuts Rapunzel’s magic hair freeing her from her tower and the evil Gothel who kidnapped her.

My daughter told me that she felt her hair was getting way too long and that it was always in her face. She also said she wanted to see if her hair would turn from blonde to brown like Rapunzel’s in the film if she cut it. Makes perfect sense to a four-year old I guess.

As the two of us looked at each other, we both started to smile and then laugh.

This was one of those if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry moments of parenting. While I wasn’t happy with the state of her hair, I couldn’t be angry with her. We made an emergency trip to the salon that afternoon and they fixed what they could.  It is just hair and it will grow back.

What was important to me was that my daughter came up with her own theory and tested it out. She’s growing up, expressing herself and trying to figure things out for herself in her own way and on her own terms.  Heck, I did the same thing when I was a kid. It’s growing pains, something that all kids and parents go through together. But I bet you, she’ll never cut her own hair again!

Now it’s your turn to share. Tell me about one of your parenting face plant moments.




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  1. says

    Oh my gosh I can totally relate my daughter used kids scissors to cut her Cabbage Patch doll, her bed, all her sisters dolls . She hers she cut open her stuffed animals….

  2. says

    When I was about 4, I did the *same* thing. While I didn’t do it because of Frozen, I did chop off ALL MY HAIR. I had a short hair cut until it grew back. Ha!

  3. says

    My daughter had hair mid-back and chopped one huge section out of the back, middle. We had to have it all taken off. Tragic at the time, lol. 🙂 Like you said though, it’s just hair, and hair grows back pretty easily. 🙂
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      For me it was the shock of seeing all the hair on the ground and seeing how pleased she was with herself!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I left the safety scissors in her art bin, but I put all the rest of the scissors in the house up higher so she doesn’t get any ideas!

  4. says

    With that smile, who’s going to notice hair issues? We’re not really there yet, but I’m sure we will be, soon. I just hope that when Baguette gets to that point, she also is at the point where she can explain her thought process the way your daughter did!
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      I was impressed that she was totally logical about it. She wanted to see if her hair would change colors….she learned that its not true and only happened in the movie! Until then, hide your scissors!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      It’s funny because about a week ago before we saw the movie she asked when she could get her hair cut. I was planning on making an appointment for her, but forgot…then this happened and we had to go!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      Hide the scissors! Maybe they’ll try cutting each other’s hair rather than their own – better chance of them doing a good job of it at least!

  5. says

    Where is the before picture?
    One afternoon I was sleeping mid day w my eyes open.. I had a HORRIBLE headache! My husband was in bed from a long night of drinking… SN that is not why I had a headache (allergies). I had given my kids a yogurt to eat while I rested, not slept but rested. After laying for 15mns I heard laughter, lots of little girl laughter. I ignored it; better laughter than crying. I got up a little bit later and they were painting each other from head to toe w the yogurt! Sigh… no rest for the sick but it was funny.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      It’s a great story now. Everyone keeps saying you’ll laugh about it someday, but I’m laughing now! Does that make me a bad mom? 🙂

  6. says

    Oh no! She looks so cute though with her new haircut!! My daughter is younger but the same exact way. Lately she tries to cut MY hair with her little safety scissors.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      No scissors near my hair! My daughter does though ask to brush the back of it from time to time….but I have got to keep an eye on her now!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I love that with all the hair evidence your daughter still tried to get out of it! As you can see my daughter’s hair styling skills need a little more work.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I think so. I cut my hair, but I was a little older (in 5th grade, I thought I could give myself bangs- it did not turn out well).

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