I picked a fortuitous time to begin blogging and participating in Works-for-Me Wednesday over at Rocks in My Dryer, for this week’s WFMW is declared Backwards Day by Shannon! What that means is that I get to ask you, my beloved and unknown readers, a question. Since in our revolving bath schedule, yesterday was bath day here, the question foremost on my mind is this: how do you manage to peacefully and successfully wash the hair of a small child who positively detests having her hair washed? Our soon-to-be-two-year-old, Louise, is following in the footsteps of her older sister, Lulu, in her reaction to such hygienic necessities as hair washing, only I think that her reaction is actually more extreme. Tonight, while my wonderful husband Steady Eddie (whom I don’t call that for nothin’) was very lovingly and gently washing Louise’s hair, she was screeching at the top of her lungs, “OUCH! OOOOUCH! OUCH!” while holding a towel over her face. The ouches actually began before a single water droplet rolled down her forehead. Forget asking her to hold her head back–she won’t do it. We (and I use this term loosely–Steady Eddie usually does bath duty around here because he is so steady) usually resort to little less than brute force. It often turns into a time of white knuckles and gritted teeth, and that’s just the adults. So my question, again, is this:
How do you manage to peacefully and successfully wash a little girl’s hair if she hates to have her hair washed?
Steady Eddie thanks you in advance.