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Get Your Hair Cut Together and Bond With Your Child

20140326_161705Let’s face it; kids are growing up much differently today.  Their virtual community is their playground.  Boys connect with their friends through online gaming and Xbox microphones rather than getting together to play street hockey.  Girls are busy texting and chatting on social networking sites, or practicing their own Xbox skills.  Nevertheless, it is still important that parents break into their child’s world in order to stay connected.

While it may be tough to pry your son or daughter away from their computer screen to join you for an outdoor excursion, there are still a few creative ways to create bonding opportunities. Getting a haircut together, for instance, can be a great way to establish a regular ritual that results in fond memories.

Going out every six weeks or so to get a hair trim requires very little energy expenditure and can actually be relaxing.  If you’re fortunate enough to be able to sit side-by-side in the stylist’s chair, you might find it’s a great opportunity for a bit of laughter too.

Girls get to see their mom in a new light and boys enjoy being on a level playing field with their dads who are at the mercy of a scissor-bearing barber.

Going to a stylist together can create a series of “firsts” done together too:

  1. You can try a certain stylist for your first time together.
  2. Your child can get his or her first dramatic hairstyle done with you.
  3. You can both adventure into the world of fun washable hair colour for the first time together.
  4. Your son might discover he has sideburns for the first time ever.
  5. A dad might get a hair cut while his son gets his own.

At first it may be a chore to get your child to go along with the plan.  Most children will kick and scream a little in resistance—that seems to be the way they’re programmed.  Pulling them away from their computer screens and getting them to put the game controllers down for a time, is a healthy thing to do.

As parents, it is important to teach your children how to look after their appearance.  It is also important to be the one to create connecting opportunities as often as possible to help stay in touch with the pulse of their life. Most children no matter what the age like to look nice and will thank you in the end for helping them to achieve that.

Planning regular haircut days together, maybe after a morning breakfast out or followed by a burger or shopping, is a great way to create a long-term bond with your child and to develop memories you can both take into the future.