I am the mother of two beautiful toddler boys, one a 23-month-old with gorgeous, softly curly hair, and the other a 13 month old with an edgy natural fauxhawk.
I've started to get looks and judgement about leaving their hair long. To be clear, YDS' hair isn't even particularly long yet, and ODS' is about to his cheekbones in the front and the nape of his neck in the back. ODS has a small collection of felt-covered hairclips in grey, blue, red, and purple with skulls, stars, stripes, and dots on them because his hair needs to be clipped over one temple in order to stay out of his eyes.
I am letting their hair grow until I know how it looks long and short and can make an informed decision about what length, or whether, to cut it. People do not seem to understand this. I have gotten all kinds of neutral to negative responses to their appearance, from the easily-shrugged-off "Oh really! I thought he was a girl with that hair!" to comments about long hair "turning" them homosexual.
I want to hear from other parents of long-haired boys about their experiences, their reasons, and any feedback they may have from now-older kids about this choice. I also want to know what you do/did with your boy's long hair to keep it out of his face and whether you think it looks too girly. What crosses the line for you? Is there even a line?