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“Okay dad, let’s go shave our heads,” my son said to me as I’m slumped down in a chair, staring at my phone. He tugged at my arm and I looked up at the shaggy four year old in front of me. It was definitely time once the hair goes over his ears. I like to think that if I get the hair off and above his ears, it’ll mean he’ll listen better to me.
That’s just a joke, but it’s funny; when I shave my son’s head, we have a moment together and I feel like he really is paying attention. It’s our bonding. Some men fish with their kids, some play baseball. I shave my son’s head.
When my wife and I first found out that we were going to have a kid, we instantly became aware of the “parenting class” industry that had existed in our community for years without ever attracting our attention. Suddenly, there were all of these flyers, newspapers ads, and emails, offering us practical parenting instruction in friendly classroom settings.
And, as new parents-to-be, we were game for them. Almost immediately, we signed up for the childbirth class, the baby care and CPR class, the “how to install a car seat” class, the breastfeeding class, you name it.
(The only classes I remember us opting out of were the “baby massage” class and the “parenting for dads” class, which I found more than a little insulting.)
Jolly Ol’ England’s Liverpool Children’s Centre just launched a new hairdressing course, but it’s not for young aspiring salon artists – it’s for fathers who want to learn how to do their kids’ hair.
Chris Cavanagh came up with the class, which started February 2, at both the Clubmoor and the Ellergreen Children’s Centres. Cavanagh has a friend whose wife passed away, and soon after, the friend needed to take his daughters to a neighbor’s house to get their hair styled.
We love the apps (they call ’em “digital toys”) from Toca Boca. They’re all so fun – for both our children and us – and don’t contain third party ads, in-app purchases or confusing menus that trip kids up.
Marcella Marino’s father, cleverly named “Marcello”, styled his 4-year-old daughter’s updo with Lady Gaga precision for a school photo at her reception class. A pretty epic accomplishment for any father, he flawlessly worked her hair into a bow (which he has done more than once).
The fashion police school managed to uphold the dress code to an overzealous extent. The “code” (regarding hair) for the Holy Trinity Primary School requests that ribbons or bows are “made of dark colors, maroon/navy blue/black” and states strictly that “hair braids/beads may not be worn.”
The fact is, Christian/Catholic schools are a pain in the ass when it comes to this kind of bullsh*t. I know, because I went to a private Catholic school and I also had long hair back then. This was, of course, in the late 1980s. You know, when long hair wasn’t “cool” during the days of Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, and Poison.