This goes along with how we’ve supported Mikko in his new preference for unshorn hair. I’ve stopped asking if he wants it cut, and we defend him to anyone else who wants to pester him about it. I think it’s important with such little things to us (i.e., looking good to other parents) and such big things to them (i.e., self-esteem, body image, and bodily autonomy) to step back and let our kids have their way.
P.S. You can write about healthy self-image for October’s Carnival of Natural Parenting, due Oct. 2!