It’s like a cardinal parenting rule: Should your kid become too quiet go figure out what they did wrong, broke, painted, or in my case CUT.
So, one day back in February I was sitting in the living room, working on painting the headboards for the girl’s new room, during Reese’s nap. Kennedy had been sitting with me, but she left and went into her room. She doesn’t take naps anymore, but when Reese naps Kennedy is supposed to do quiet activities. I didn’t think anything of the fact that she was being quiet, especially since Reese was asleep in there, and there isn’t anything she can’t play with in their room, BUT I should have known.
Kennedy had recently used a pair of scissors in one of her classes and cutting with scissors was her new favorite thing. I didn’t want her using our big scissors, or any pair for that matter really, but I went and got her first pair of scissors, a preschool pair. Earlier in the day, she had been practicing cutting out shapes at the kitchen table. I had no idea the scissors were still out or when she got them, but when David went into her room to check on her she was sitting on her floor innocently cutting out shapes from paper. It was time to wake up Reese anyways and I didn’t want her using them in her room by herself so I went in there. I walked up to Reese to wake her up, brushed the hair off her face, and that’s when I saw it. Little clumps of hair all. over. her. bed. While Reese slept, Kennedy had played hair salon.
Immediately, I’m thinking 1000 things at once. Why didn’t I check on her sooner? We went over the NEVER cutting hair situation when we got the scissors… why did she cut her sister’s hair?! Why did I ever mention cutting hair like that was even a possibility? Poor Reesey… she hardly has any hair at all and she’s dying for long hair like her sister and now she looks like Rihanna with a half-shaved head. The worst haircut ever. All the feels.
Anyways, I had to deal with the aftermath somehow so I debated 2 options. Give her a pixie cut or trim it up to conceal it a little better and ride out the awkward. I went with the second option because I felt terrible cutting off her hair when I know she wants it long.
Luckily, her hair is so blonde that it was hidden a little more that way too, but the first few weeks were definitely awkward.
Now, it’s been about 2 months and it looks so much better than it did that first day. Much less blunt and lucky for her, her hair is growing pretty quickly right now.
Kennedy realized what a bad idea the haircut was when she asked me to fix it and I explained that I couldn’t fix it. My parents were coming to town the next day and she kept asking me over and over not to tell them that she cut Reese’s hair. She was so anxious about them finding out. I told her I wouldn’t tell them, but if they noticed we’d have to explain what happened. She ended up just spilling the whole story about a minute after they walked in the door and you could tell she felt so much better that they knew. Sometimees Reese still tells people that Kennedy cut her hair or she’ll mention it to me when I brush it, but she wasn’t really phased by it at all. I’m forever traumatized and not sure Kennedy or any of my children will ever use a pair of scissors again.
So that’s, that. I think it’s the first sibling right of passage we’ve had at our house and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Good luck, #3.