Who would have thought that the amount of publicity and controversy surrounding hairstyles would be such a big topic in todays day and age. I am writing with response to the latest story about the Kindergarten boy who was suspended because of his mini-Mohawk. Take a look at this adorable 6 year old boy
who was suspended from KINDERGARTEN because his hair was a 'distraction' to students. Does that mean Maddox Jolie-Pitt should be banned from the covers of millions of news stands?
Isn't everything distracting for a bunch of 6 year old children? I mean, if a child showed up to school wearing a sparkly necklace or something, wouldn't the entire class want to look at it?
This topic hits home personally to me, simply because my son started school with dreadlocks. At first, I have to admit many parents had a problem with his (adorable) hair, but his classmates did not know any different...until their parents infringed their opinions on him. I have to say, children in general are accepting of differences, however it seems that as adults we place so many biases on things like hairstyle. Would a 5 or 6 year old actually be 'distracted' or prejudiced to another child if he/she had different hair without the notion placed in their mind from their parents? Probably not.
Here a a few pics of the MANY hairstyles my oldest has sported...he loves his hair!
Seems that the world has evolved to a place where we are actually backtracking....sad.
We need to stop the hatred, personal bias' and start loving and embracing differences in our society. Hair is not going to hurt anyone, but war and negativity will.
What do you think? Was the school 'going too far'?
Do your children carry a Lovely? Are they attached to a cute little bear or a blanket? Some kids have these transitional objects for comfort or for bedtime....
Not mine. I guess you would say that I am a lucky parent because often a Lovely is hard to take away from a child. NOPE NOT LUCKY AT ALL! Instead of using a cute bear or a blanket, my children have a real life Lovely....are you ready for this?
When I first had Cookie, he was beyond colicky. After many sleepless nights, rocking, swaying, and pretty much trying everything, he found solace in my hair. Yup, MY HAIR! He would rub it and hold it with such affection that it became the only way to 'soothe' him....to the point of no return. I could never wear my hair up because he would cry, and scream. This was fine and easy to manage, until I realized that as the years went on, he has not let go of his weird obsession. So, here we are 5 years later....and at bedtime I lay next to him and he holds my hair for 5 minutes until he is out like a light. I know a lot of people would say that for a 5 year old he should be sleeping without anything, and on his own, but to tell you the truth 5 minutes of hair holding is a short amount of time to ensure he is asleep and happy.
Now onto Neigh....we thought Cookie's weird Lovely was the worst it could get, until we had Neigh. Its funny, Neigh did not become 'attached' to anything until a few moths ago when he stopped nursing. Yes, I nursed him until he was 2.5, but he just wouldn't get off!! When this happened, he became attached to ....are you ready....my chest!! Yup! let the criticism begin! Hair obsession seems little compared to this, doesn't it? I always said that I would be the type of mom that makes herself available to whatever her child needs.....until now. This odd 'boob' obsession has to STOP!! Imagine Neigh being a 5 year old boy who holds his mom's boob to fall asleep? lol
This was on vacation in Cuba. Imagine the space between them is where I lay...
Children are funny, unique characters.....I love that everyday is a new adventure....but BOOBS!!!??? Come'on!
Do your children have a strange transitional object or lovely?