Last night I decided to give my scruffy boys haircuts rather than take them out to the pros. Whenever I think about taking them out to get haircuts, I then think “This costs as much as a babysitter for when we go on a date….let’s go on a date instead…” And then I am convinced I will just do one more haircut for each boy and THEN next time I will for sure take them for pro hair cuts.

Last night seemed tougher than other nights to do haircuts. I chose to go out in the garage to do them because the clean-up would be easier and then there won’t be as much hair all over the house, it will mainly be outside. The downside of this plan is that since I had the garage door open for more light, the boys could see the neighbor kids playing. The older boys were pretty good and mostly stayed still, but Reece was like that dog in the movie UP who got totally distracted by a squirrel. His hair is too fine to work well with clippers so I have to use scissors on him. Any movement in the yard or street made him turn. I kept telling him to hold still or he would end up with a really bad haircut. Thus begin the questions: “Is my haircut Horrrreeble Mom?” (said as he jerks his head around to look at me); “Did you mess up mom?” (more turning around); “Why are you holding my head so I can’t move?” (Can you guess why?). He was very talkative the whole time and I was very exasperated because each statement involved him turning to look at me. Moral of the story… Reece gets to go to the pros next time no matter what.

His hair turned out ok, but he took at least 3 or 4 times longer than the other boys and he may have some uneven spots, but we will not worry about those this time.

During one of the haircuts, the neighbors girls came in to see what exciting thing we were doing in the garage. One of them was so amazed that I could do a haircut that she asked me “What do you do?” As in, what is your job? My response was “I am a mom.” They looked at me with perplexed expressions. Then they asked how I give haircuts with which I responded with haircutting tools… I guess they tried to reconcile why I could give a haircut when their own moms, who both work during the day don’t do such things.

Is it that abnormal for a mom to give simple haircuts? I don’t think so. Oh well, I thought it was so funny that those girls were so confused by my ability to use clippers and scissors on someone’s head to make their hair look a little better. As long as you don’t look too close, their hair looks OK so we will keep doing it at home occasionally.

Overall, it just seems weird to me that I am an anomaly here in Utah as a stay at home mom who cuts her kids hair on occasion. I have realized I am the only mom on our street who stays home. The others work or are too old to have kids at home anymore. There are some moms who stay home elsewhere in the neighborhood, but they are few and far between. I think I can count them on one hand even. Mainly because most everyone in our neighborhood is in their 80’s rather than in family rearing age. Well, I guess we moved in to spice things up or something.


Becky June 25, 2010 at 2:14 p.m.

Hey Ily, congrats on the new baby. I hope he continues to be very healthy.
Your comments about being a mom are interesting. It is a huge topic here in my ward. Whenever I get together with any of the moms it seems to come up somehow. I would say about 75% of the young moms in my new ward are working. (In LA) In Orange County I can only think of one working mom and there were a lot more young families there. (like 4x as many) When I come home from these gatherings my husband loves to hear all about it and he gets all worked up about it.
Anyway, I'm sure you don't care about this at all right now but I just want to say that I love being a mom at home with my little boy and I wouldn't have it any other way. No matter what reason I hear from all the other moms around me, none of them are enough to get me to go back to work!
Enjoy! You are definitely doing the right thing!