So a couple weekends ago I left Lucy's hair down for the weekend for a break from the binders. Lucy loved it down but obviously hates having it combed out. Every morning we would wet it with our sprayer water/conditioner combo and comb it out and she would complain and I would say, "let's just put it back in braids" and she would scream NOOOOOO I like it shaky, I like it down. Finally, it was enough of the torture. I mean, I like to let Lucy have some control over her hair etc but clearly my 4 year old was making a painful choice.
so my super stellar parent tip for today revolves around how to convince a very opinionated slightly oppositional 4 year old to get her hair back in braids ... follow my conversation:
scene... sitting on her stool watching Monsters Inc. Me spraying and combing.,
MOM: "Hey Lucy, you know, I am really glad that you want to keep your hair down"
MOM: "because I was worried you were going to ask me to put it back in braids and THEN you would look so old, practically like an adult and well Lucy I prefer you to look like a little girl. So I am SOOOOOOOO glad that you just want to keep your hair down and get it combed out every day."
LUCY: "mom, um ... i think i want 4 braids. "
MOM: "oh no, no braids ... I want you to look little"
LUCY "YES, I want BRAIDS"
MOM" "sighs ... Fine fine fine, I'll do braids but I am only doing 4 quick braids, I am NOT going to do more, it woudl take too long and you are too little to sit that long"
LUCY: "do a lot mom. do a lot"
MOM: "fine, fine then but if someone hands you car keys you have to promise to say that you are too young to drive, I don't want people thinking you are a grown up "
LUCY: "laughts, ok mom"
ps: coco princess ... the no more tangles doesn't work well for us either (aside from getting her hair wet enough to be easier to comb through)! actually none of the premade sprays or detangling shampoos really work. do you have any products that really work? our best bet is warm water and conditioner in a sprayer bottle or having her lay in the tub with her hair out and i comb it under water.