My 12 year old son will not cut his hair.

Diane - posted on 04/29/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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He twirls it and knots it up out of anxiety, complains about it that it's too long but refuses to cut it. He's in middle school and I'm sure going through puberty but don't understand. He doesn't wash it well either. Any advice on what to do, it really bothers me. I do t want him getting teased at school.

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Dove - posted on 04/29/2016

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Personally I'd tell him if he's going to complain about it being too long... it's getting cut. At 12 he'd be showering every day, so he wouldn't stink... and I suppose if he didn't wash his hair I'd send him back to do it again.

That's what I say now... remind me of that in another 4 years if my own son (8 right now) still has his own hair long (currently halfway down his back). lol EVERY night is already a battle w/ that boy, but his hair is the least of it. ;)

Diane - posted on 04/29/2016

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Thank you so much for your wonderful advice and making me feel better. I will let it be for now and make some rules like you said as far as keeping it neat looking. Thanks again! :)

Ev - posted on 04/29/2016

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Boys this age are trying to find not only who they are and that, but what they like or try to keep up with the other boys and what they are doing. My friend has two sons who at this age did not like hair being short and wore it long. They had to keep it neat though and sometimes that did not happen. She did get them to get it trimmed up some over time but it did have length. Also they had curly hair too. They both hated it. Now both have short hair. It is a phase they go through. But you can make rules about how his hair must be kept up. And I am sure he is not the only boy in class at school that has long hair that is long and stringy looking because its not washed well and combed out. Just make the rules on how you want him to care for it and if he does not do so he will get it cut. Just a note: My son never liked long hair. He kept his short or buzzed down all the time. Still does today at 19.

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