|

Haircuts for Preschoolers

Q-tip

If your child objects to the term "haircut," which sounds painful, use the term "trim" instead.

Childproofing

Make sure your preschooler knows that hair cutting is not one of the responsibilities you want him to take on himself. Despite your words of warning, your child will most likely give himself at least one haircut before kindergarten.

Every so often, you're going to need your child to sit still long enough to get his hair cut. This can present quite a challenge when you're dealing with a three-year-old.

If you want to take your child to a barber or professional hair stylist, take him to your own (if he or she cuts children's hair). Your child may feel more relaxed and put up with the "ordeal" more readily if he sees you getting your hair cut first. Remember to bring crayons or puzzles or some other activity that will keep your child busy long enough to get your own hair done. Then let your child hop up into the chair and get his hair cut. (Some savvy professionals who cut children's hair have now equipped their shops with TV sets and children's videos in an attempt to keep their customers still.)

If you're cutting your child's hair yourself, you'll have to do it fast unless you want to end up with the job half done. You can probably keep him still for half an hour or so by:

  • letting him watch in the mirror;
  • trimming his hair outside when weather permits;
  • cutting hair in the bathtub; or
  • cutting in front of the TV while letting him watch a favorite video.

More on: Preschool

|

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parenting a Preschooler and Toddler, Too © 1997 by Keith M. Boyd, M.D., and Kevin Osborn. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit Amazon's web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

mother’s day cards & crafts

Let your kids
spoil you with
homemade
goodies!

GO

highlights

Healthy Smile Checklist for Kids
Have better dental check-ups with this free printable checklist that helps keep your child flossing, brushing, and smiling! Brought to you by Philips Sonicare.

Kindergarten Readiness App
It's kindergarten registration time! Use this interactive kindergarten readiness checklist, complete with fun games and activities, to practice the essential skills your child needs for this next big step. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
Celebrate the environment by reading some of these great children's books about Earth Day, recycling, planting trees, and all things green!

Prom Dress Trends for 2014
Check out 2014 prom dress trends inspired by celebrities’ red carpet looks, but with a price tag under $100!