McKenna has opinions. All kinds of opinions.
Foods she eats.
Movies she does not like.
Sweaters she will wear and more often not wear.
Shoes she loves.
But mostly she has opinions about her hair.
See, I need to awaken her by 6:00am on school days. She is NOT a morning person. I’ve tried several techniques. I’ll crawl into bed to cuddle while quietly waking her. I’ve tried picking her up and moving her to the couch. I’ve tried opening her door early and letting her come out when she’s ready. None of it works. She prefers to sleep LATE. It’s not unusual for her to sleep in until 9 or even later on the weekend.
So when I need to pull her out of bed on any other day of the week, EVERYTHING I do is wrong. What I am most wrong about is her hair. I brush it too much. Or too little. I do pig tails but they are too high or not high enough. The ponytail has the wrong color pony holder. A month ago, I didn’t know how to do a happy birthday unicorn ponytail braid. 🤦🏻♀️
Mom card revoked.
But then there are days on the weekends when she will let me play after she showers and we dry her hair in Mommy’s Bathroom with the blowing dryer…capital letters because this is a very important place. We’ve created some lovely styles. Here. Let me show you.
This weekend we had some extra time to do something very special. She wanted to sit in Mommy’s Bathroom to have her LONG hair blow dried. It legit took me 4 times as long to dry her hair then it ever has taken me to dry my own.
Then came the braiding. She needed something beautiful like Elsa–when she’s the queen at the regular castle–doncha know.
I have created a monster, people. I had no idea what she was talking about. We googled it and this is what we came up with. I thought it was perfect.
Apparently, it was just…okay. Okay?! My fingers were cramping. It was missing something. It needed a gold bow to match her gold shoes and gold sweater. 🤦🏻♀️ DUH! I have no idea where the gold bow is and it is catastrophic. After finding it in the bottom of her school bag, she declared her hair JUST PERFECT.
I can appreciate that she’s a woman who knows what she wants. But, boy, the demands are getting more and more difficult. It will not be long before I can no longer keep up. I’m hoping she will let me do her hair a while longer because when she stops being so compliant, out come the scissors.
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