The time has come for my most dreaded parenting task – that is to bring Little Edison to the barber shop.
Making him sit still for a few minutes to have his hair cut is a huge challenge. He is anxious whenever he is being confined in a hair-cutting apron. He hates it when the prickly pieces of hair fall on his neck and shoulder.
When he was younger, he would scream, cry and struggle until the whole hair-cutting episode was over. I wrote about our first experience HERE.
After a few rounds of haircut, the situation gets slightly better now. He still hates it, but he doesn’t struggle. We go to the same barber shop and choose the same hair stylist to attend to him. As he is more familiar with the environment now, he is more relaxed – lesser amount of turning and twisting.
We tried many attention diversion tactics to divert his attention from the haircutting process. From his favorite toys to mobile phone and TV, they don’t really help much. Recently, we found our ‘secret weapon’.
It’s a lollipop!
As he was happily eating his lollipop (a reward for sitting still), the hair stylist gave him the best haircut ever.
This is Little Edison – after a haircut and shower. I like his hair to be short and neat.
What about your kids? Do they hate haircut too?