Few long-haired kids or their parents enjoy the daily hair-wrangling session. To calm the complaints (and even the tears), several PHers have come up with simple methods of distraction.
From Mrs. Mordecai:
I have a very squirmy twenty-month-old daughter. I grouped all of our commonly-used hair accessories (including small bottles of water, hair spray, and detangler) into a plastic tote and I keep it by the computer. When I do her hair, I put on YouTube movies of kittens and Sesame Street and it helps her keep still.
(Wondering which videos to pick? Read her full blog post on baby haircare for suggestions.)
When my daughter was a preschooler, we kept a brush and a little dish of ponytail bands and other hair accessories on a shelf near the kitchen table. Doing her hair while she ate breakfast was a real time-saver in the morning, and I think the food was just the right distraction from any tugging or pulling.
Doing my princess's hair in front of their mirrors was adding to the DRAMA. It turned into an audition every morning. Now, once the kids are dressed, breakfasted, bookbagged, etc. they are allowed one TV show. Keeps them moving and I sit behind them on the couch and fix their hair without a single complaint! Watching Mickey instead of their own melodrama has saved our mornings.
Makes sense. And isn't that hair care tote a great idea? I've seen small plastic totes in the dollar section at Target.