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DS who is 4 cut his own hair yesterday. He chopped all his bangs off. He said it was because they were bugging his forehead. I was at work when it happened and called home and found out about it. I told a coworker and she said all kids do that at some point. I'm just curious how many other mama's have had kids do this and what you did about it if anything. I'm really at a loss. I don't want him to do it again but I don't know of a reason to give him that he would accept.
 

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My dd cut hers at about that age. I cried<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">; it had never been cut before that so it went from past her waist to a short bob. She didn't have a reason other than 'it seemed like a good idea at the time' so I just tried to keep scissors out of reach for awhile!
 

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DD1 did it when she was three. She might have been already four, actually-- I can't remember precisely when it happened. She also cut DS's hair at the same time-- he was about a year and a half old, and she cut off all his baby curls from the top of his head, and left all the side ones. I was so sad. She also cut a few inches off one of her braids, and cut her own bangs off at the roots.<br><br>
The braid was easy to deal with-- we had the hair evened out. DS had to have a very short cut all over, to even out the damage. But there was nothing we could do about the bangs she cut off-- we just had to wait for them to grow again, and she looked pretty ridiculous while they were growing.<br><br>
All of this happened in the few minutes it took me to go upstairs to lay DD2 down on the bed to nap. And DD1 was really proud of herself-- she thought I'd be thrilled that she'd given herself a haircut, and her brother, too.
 

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Oh yeah they have cut their own hair, each others hair - funny thing with hair is that it grows back so it's not a biggie for me, although my mother nearly had a heart attack when my bf cut my hair at about that age, cut off my pigtails right at the root and i had two bald patches the hairdresser said she couldn't really do anything and hey it did grow back and right down to my butt too, but as I said it grows back - I'm there is lots of other mothers whose kids have cut their hair and their siblings too! lol
 

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My three year old cut his younger brother's hair.<br>
And neck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hide.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hide"><br><br>
The fallout from that was bad enough that I'm not worried about him doing it again. Otherwise, rather than try to convince him, I'd just make sure all the scissors were out of his reach and he couldn't use them without supervision.<br><br>
If his hair is bugging him, maybe think about a buzz cut?
 

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DD did it a few months ago. You can't really tell in this pic but a few parts were really short and still aren't even two hair cuts later.
 

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That's a rite of passage, isn't it? There are worse things they could do with scissors. It will grow back. My daughter cut her own bangs when she was around 3. The funny thing was, she did a half-decent job, and I didn't even notice right away!
 

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Oh man, my dd has cut her hair sooo many times! Even though she'd regret it...it would happen again. She was soooo scissors opsessed! She even cut 4 inches off of MY long hair as I sat at the computer one day!!! I had no idea until I got up and saw hair on the floor!! She was 5 then - I guess it was just a compulsion....<br><br>
She did it at 3 and 4 several times. The worst...and funniest time, was when she stuck a purple hippo puppet that has a rough velcro mouth for catching a ball - on top of her head with the mouth wide open. She had pony tails in, and the hippo was stuck to her hair - she couldn't pull it off. She is ever one to NEVER ask for help - always thinks she knows what she's doing LOL! So she started cutting 'a little' of her hair on top so she could pull it off.<br><br>
So she came out, and something looked off. Her pony tails were still intact, but on top of her head, above the bands, the hair was sticking straight up. She had really long hair...she may have been 6 even at the time. So that when I took the bands out.....half the pony tail ended up in my hand!! Boy was she freaky looking for a while!!!!<br><br>
Of my 4 boys, only the youngest (5 yo) - who is a little boy clone of his sister - has tried to cut hair.
 

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I did it around 3<br>
With children's safety scissors. I had very long hair and took out a huge chunk in the front to the scalp. lol
 

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My oldest never has. My almost 4 year old did about a year ago when I was giving him a trim. He only got about 3 hairs though so it wasn't a big deal.
 

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Neither of my older two have done it and I doubt they will now at their ages (7 and 5). It would not surprise me in the least if DS2 does it, it seems like something he would try. He's my troublemaker. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Ds did this last year when he was about 3 1/2. Funny thing is, he's never had a hair cut because he still hardly has enough hair to warrant getting it done! He chopped all the baby curls off one side of his head and toward the back. It looked pretty funny.<br><br>
He did it while he was quiet behind our bed. When I found him in action, he looked worried that I might tell him off, but honestly, it doesn't bother me at all, so I just remarked "oh, you've given yourself a haircut! That's a tricky thing to do!" and left it at that.
 

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None of my 3 ever did it but my ds#1 did shave both his eyebrows off when he was in 5th grade <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<span>Yes both my ds cameron and dd. caitlin have both done this on more than one occasion.</span>
 

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Both my kids have done it. With my first daughter, it was barely noticeable, she just cut off a long section next to her face. My second daughter gave herself kind of short bangs, but they looked cute.<br><br>
One of my nieces cut all her hair off at the ponytails, because she didn't want her mom doing her hair anymore. She was about 4 or 5 at the time.
 

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My DD has done this a few times. One time when she was 6 and we'd told her that if she wasn't going to brush her hair or let us brush it, then she'd need to get it cut shorter. So she decided to cut it shorter. We ended up convincing her that the salon would be a better option. She liked what they did and ended up with a short bob. She keeps wanting to grow her hair out, but she won't take care of it, so she ends up with a short bob fairly regularly.<br><br>
Another time she did her bangs because she was really into painting her face with facepaint. All week, she was painting cool designs/masks on herself. I thought they were actually quite good. About mid-week, she she cut a chunk off the front, leaving about an inch or less. I caught her before she finished and I trimmed the rest, but not as short. Apparently, the hair was covering her face paint art work. I gave her a hairband to pull her hair all her face so she could see the colors she'd applied. I was really surprised though, because she'd been trying to grow out her bangs.
 

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My DS (6) cut his sister's hair in April. With safety scissors. REAL short on top, longish on the sides, a few holes in the back. And her hair is curly, and takes FOREVER to grow.<br><br>
After I peeled myself off the ceiling, I asked him "why?". He said he wanted her to have "smooth" (I guess short?) hair like him and his father. So we had a discussion about INFORMED CONSENT <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> and respecting other peoples boundaries. Basically, that he cannot make changes to his sister's hair (or anything else to do with her body) without her saying it's ok. And she is not old enough to say it's ok, as she doesn't understand yet what cutting her hair would mean.<br><br>
Now, I'm not quite sure what I would say if he cut his own hair. I don't think he would, bc I let him decide how to have his hair cut when he goes to the barber.<br><br>
And not quite sure what I would say if/when his sister is old enough to give consent and they both decide to have him cut her hair LOL.
 
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