“That Wasn’t A Battle I Was Interested In Picking”: Mom Cuts Daughter’s Hair Because She No Longer Wants To Brush It

By the age of 2, toddlers are talking, walking, climbing, running, and jumping. Both parents and pediatricians often speak of the “terrible twos,” as this developmental phase is often marked by tantrums, defiant behavior, and lots of frustration.

This period requires a lot of patience, but Gwenna Laithland, the creator of the parenting website Momma Cusses, recently released a TikTok video where she explained that giving her 2-year-old daughter a bob haircut was a really good decision and made things at least a little bit easier.

The “terrible twos” can be hard to handle, but mom Gwenna Laithland said there’s a simple solution that can remedy some of the smaller issues

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She got her daughter a short haircut and said it made their everyday life easier

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Gwenna explained the changes in a TikTok video

@mommacusses Sometimes waiting a bit to encourage skill mastery is okay. They don’t have to be good at all of it immediately. #mommacusses #responsiveparent #gentleparent #momlife #motherhood ♬ original sound – Momma Cusses

And it has since gone viral

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“I cut my daughter’s hair off because I didn’t want to brush it. And I know some of you are already in the comment section writing a whole paragraph of how that’s horrible parenting, it’s traumatizing, and how could I even? Listen, listen, my daughter was two and hated having her hair brushed.”

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“I’m talking screaming, wailing, gnashing of teeth, WWE-worthy wrestling matches just to untangle her hair. You’ve heard the advice ‘pick your battles.’ Well, that wasn’t a battle I was interested in picking.”

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“So I took her to the salon and we gave her a bob, right up to the chin, [which] greatly reduced the amount of hair we had to brush. Two-year-olds, well, they’re a lot. They’re just getting used to their own bodies. Their World is expanding. They’re beginning to form opinions of their own, and it didn’t feel like to me that was the right time to begin the great hygiene battle.”

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“Fast forward two years and my now four-year-old loves having her hair done. Brushes, braids, bows. She’s game. That’s partly because she got older and her tolerance for stuff increased. And that’s partly because we didn’t make an issue. We minimized the conflict by minimizing the amount of hair we had to brush. Some might say that’s capitulating to a two-year-old. I say work smarter, not harder. As parents, we have to teach our kids a lot of things but not all at the same time.”

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Caring for toddlers is sometimes fun and sometimes overwhelming, but it’s always busy, so you can understand why a parent might want to save every ounce of energy they can. From potty training to storytime to full-blown tantrums, there is never a dull moment with toddlers.

Tantrums can be particularly challenging and can range from mild whining to all-out hysterical meltdowns. In addition to crying, a child might also get physical, which may include:

  • hitting;
  • kicking;
  • biting;
  • throwing things.

While the tantrums may seem never-ending while in the midst of one, according to results from a 2003 study, an estimated 75 percent of them in kids 18 to 60 months last for five minutes or less.

Whether it comes at 18 months or 3 years of age, most young kids — at least in the Western world, where there are certain societal expectations for their behavior — will display some signs of the terrible twos.

Kids at this age are developing independence and a sense of self,  so it’s natural that their views and expectations don’t always match up with those of their parents or caregivers.

Still, some children will breeze through the terrible twos with fewer tantrums than others. This is especially the case if they have advanced language skills, which help them express themselves more clearly and cut down on frustration.

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Parents and caregivers can also help by avoiding some common meltdown triggers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:

  • Keep regular meal and sleep schedules. Less desirable behavior is more likely to happen when your child is tired or hungry.
  • Praise behaviors you approve of and ignore ones you want to discourage.
  • Don’t spank or hit, and try to avoid yelling. You want to model nonviolent behavior for your child.
  • Redirect or distract when you can. Point out something funny or interesting when your child starts to whine or misbehave.
  • Keep rules simple and offer brief explanations. For example, tell your child they have to hold your hand when they cross the street because you don’t want a car to hurt them.
  • Let your child have some control by offering a choice between two things. For example, you might say “Would you like to wear your blue sweater or yellow jacket today?”
  • Keep your toddler’s home environment safe. If you don’t want them getting into something, put it out of sight if you can.
  • Don’t give in. Set your limits and be consistent.
  • Stay calm. Your child will feed off your stress. Count to 10 or take a deep breath, whatever helps you to keep your cool.

Or cut their hair if it’s getting in the way of them having a calmer day!

Some of the people who saw the video thought Gwenna’s decision was a good idea

But others questioned it, fearing how such an appearance might affect the child

Originally published at www.boredpanda.com

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