Not KnotsMarch 4th, 2010 by michellewhite
As my first official post for this Blog, the subject I chose to write about is something that plagues our house daily.
Not the fun kind that you tie in ropes, or the kind that you refer to when sailing. These little nuisances are part of our everyday lives. They are a part of my sweet little girls’ hair. All. The.Time.
With my first child, I had no skills as a parent yet (of course), and hardly any tricks, so when it came to these unruly bits of hair, I just asked her to ask me to be gentle.
Much better than her usual “OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!” *said screaming at the top of her lungs* whenever I came near her with a brush. But it rarely worked, and she always kind of yelled it, which isn’t much of an improvement. We tried all sorts of detanglers, and went through bottles of conditioner. Nothing really did the job. Now we just keep her hair short because she just can’t deal with brushing her hair when it’s long. Her choice, actually. She’d choose really, really short hair over knots. It’s that much of a pain.
By the second child I had some tricks up my sleeve. I came up with “Sweetie, you just tell those knots to go away!”. And she did. And it works.
It doesn’t work on my 10 year old, though. I think I missed that boat.
My 4 year old and I even have little conversations with them where I answer in a high-pitched voice, pretending to be said knots. By the time the conversation is over, the knots are gone.
The upside to this little farce is I no longer hear shrieks of pain coming from my child. She actually pleads with these invisible beings, which overall is more pleasant to hear and the neighbors won’t think my house is “that crazy house” on the block (well, not for this, anyway).
The down side is the permanent mental damage I may be inflicting on my child making her believe that knots have feelings and can actually listen.
Yup. I can live with that.
-Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.