‘What a cute little girl!’
It’s time for my son’s first haircut, admits this toddler mom. But why is it so hard?
I think for any parents with a young boy this is always a tough question.

Luke is a very busy, bouncy little toddler and has the hair to match. Busy because his hair is usually doing whatever it wants (particularly after a good nap) and bouncy because it is long and has the most beautiful curls.

Until quite recently I was determined to keep his hair long for as long as his daddy would allow me to get away it. I say recently because I’ve now had a change of heart. Earlier this month, the family went out for dinner to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday and two people at the restaurant referred to Luke as a ‘klein meisie’.

How they could mistake a little boy in baggie jeans, takkies, a blue shirt and a blue Lonsdale jacket for a little girl is beyond me. But nevertheless it was done and that night I decided little Luke's locks are getting cut!

After giving it much consideration, I decided though to not cut it all off. Luke still has plenty of years ahead of him where he’ll be told ‘no fringe touching your eyebrows’, ‘the sides must not touch the ears’, ‘the back may not touch your collar’ etc so why make a hair cut boring now already. I have no doubt that he will look gorgeous even with short but where’s the fun in that? Don’t you agree?

With those words of old ‘your mother dresses you funny’ echoing through my mind, I started looking around on the internet for a suitably funky hairstyle so Luke can never accuse me of giving him bad hair days… and after much deliberation, I decided on Owen Wilson. This way Luke can still keep most of the length but just cut off the curls to neaten things up a bit (only to start again of course).

Now the fun is really going to start! Until quite recently Luke was still screaming blue murder every time I washed his hair never mind trying to cut it. Nowadays I give him his toothbrush and he happily brushes his teeth while I do his hair and that keeps him quiet. But what he’s going to do at a hair salon with strangers touching him – I don’t know. I’m sure it’s going to be quite an experience. I might have to take granny and his favourite auntie Nu-nu with for moral support.

As much as I love Luke’s blonde curls, I guess this is just another one of those necessary steps to him becoming a big boy. But I’ll still keep his hair for as long as I can (much to his daddy’s dismay). 

What do you think is a suitable hair cut for a toddler?


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