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A Mother's Day Confession: I Bribed My Son to Cut his Hair!

Mothers Day Haircut 1 "Watch where you're goin' stoner!", the man hissed threateningly at my 14-year old son as they passed each other in the movie theater. I found myself counting to ten and taking a deep breath. I was working hard to keep my natural protective paternal instincts at bay. I guess kids with scraggly long hair touch a serious nerve with this guy. Sheesh, lighten up.

OK, so his hair was getting pretty hideous. Although, being follicly challenged for many years now, I have to admit that I held a slight admiration for my son's hirsute stature. "Enjoy it while it lasts," I'd catch myself thinking.

But over the years, these kinds of belligerent encounters and off-base assumptions about our long-haired maverick son were really starting to take their toll on Mom in particular. Underneath that Alice Cooper (or was it Tiny Tim?) mop of hair lurked an attractive, engaging young man. "Why not let him out for the world to see?" his Mom kept wondering aloud.

Nope. He wouldn't have any of it. "Why should I care what other people think?" "People shouldn't judge me by the way I look." Um...good points — you little Smart Aleck! Nonetheless, it's really hard to watch as parents on a lot of different levels.

So that's when I did it. I confess. I broke all the parenting and fiscal responsibility rules in the book.

I paid my son 100 bucks to cut his hair for Mother's Day. A shameless, straight up bribe. Totally the wrong way to use money with your children. Totally the wrong message.

And, you know what? It was the best darn $100 I ever spent. Just look at that smile on Mom's face (those are tears of joy), and tell me that wasn't worth every penny.

Mothers Day Haircut 2

Best Mother's Day ever!

And even better: he never wore his hair long again after that (3 years and counting).

So, whaddya think? Was I a bad Dad to bribe my son on Mother's Day? Maybe. Maybe not.

Either way, Happy Mother's Day!


JennyLee Watson aka The Blog Post Author

Boo-hoo. I have no problem with the bribe aspect, as long as it was truly voluntary for the boy. I think they call it Social Engineering.

But having had two boys get buzzed (that is, buzz-cutted) as rites of initiation for varsity soccer, and KEEPING those styles forever after, I want my middle-schooler to keep his hair long for a few more years. So I am not certain this would have pleased me as a Mother's Day gift.

But I can't blame a Dad for tryin'.

Bill Dwight aka The Blog Post Author

Yeah, not a fan of the buzz cut either! This was definitely voluntary and well short of a buzz cut as you can see. Mom dug it (as did my son's girlfriend :-), so I'm thinkin' "no harm, no foul!"...

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