Skip to main content

The Sideburns

Elf refused to get his hair cut. He wanted to keep his "sideburns." He CANNOT have his sideburns cut, ever. He's absolutely freaked out about it. But he *needed* a haircut, folks. Needed.
I've tried all kinds of goofy agreements, but they didn't work. I can't have a ten-year-old physically fight me while I'm holding scissors, so finally I just told him I'd keep the sideburns and we'll just see what they look like.
"And you won't cut them after we see what they look like," he told me. ("Well, we'll see," I told him. "Maybe you won't like them.")
We kept on and on this way. WHY would a ten-year-old be so concerned about sideburns? Nobody wears those any more.
"They look manly," Elf told me with a sniff.
"Well, a lot of the really, really OLD Presidents wore sideburns, Elf," I said to try to convince him.
"Yes," he told me. "And they were manly."
Sigh. He doesn't know who Elvis is, or that might be a convincer. So I had to use my diplomatic skills, which I have in abundance, oh-so-skillfully. Elf and I and finally we were able to strike a deal. I would document the haircutting process, and blog readers would let us know what they think.
So... are sideburns in with the blog-reading set? Do they look manly? Elf and I want to know.


  1. I personally find the sideburn less look more manly in a fresh and clean kind of way. Think Prince William...

  2. Sorry Elf, but the long sideburns look a bit weird! You would look so much more of a DUDE with them cut.
    Sometimes Mums know best mate.

  3. My vote is for no sideburns. Sorry, but I like men AND boys to cut their sideburns straight off at the ear. I want to see more of the cute faces.

    Maybe when he's old enough to grow a beard and can do mutton chops...?

  4. Looks more like Hasidic Payos than manly sideburns. I would prefer to see a head full of long hair over the faux sideburns.

    Personally, I let my son grow his hair from the age of 8 15. He had long scraggly looking braids for years. Sometimes it was hard to look at but it was just hair. I was glad when he cut it down to six inches though and had maintained that for a year.

    I am hoping he will go for a more professional haircut before he turns 18.

  5. Well actually I think the sideburns are kinda cute. I hate to tell ya though Elf, but they actually look quite feminine. I have seen girls with haircuts similar to this and like I said, it's cute. Very cute. But manly? nah.

    You're such a handsome young man Elf, you look plenty manly even without sideburns☺

  6. I agree with everyone.. It was a nice experiment, but you would look much more manly with no sideburns!

  7. Elf, long sideburns are awesome when your hair is long and curly (like in this picture of me) but they don't work so well when you get your hair cut. They need to fit your current style. For example, here I am looking just as awesome with short sideburns.

    It's all about working with your current hairdo, my friend.


  8. That looks not bad. Keep these sideburns.
    I think your son is old enough to decide himself about his haircut. The hairstyle belongs to the personality of each kid and should not be forced.


Post a Comment

Non-troll comments always welcome! :)

Popular posts from this blog

Reading Curriculum: ABeka Book and BJU Press

Did you know that in the state of Missouri, homeschoolers must teach reading as a separate subject?  I don't know how anyone could homeschool well without teaching their child to read... but OK. 

I got many of my ABeka books used and collected them over time.  I'm glad I came across these readers early in my homeschooling years.  It teaches children to read step-by-step.  I don't think I've seen a more effective reading program for the elementary years.  The children love the stories, and what I appreciate about them is that there is a rich and varied language even in simple-to-read books in this series. 

My set is pretty old, and some are even from the 1960's and no longer listed in the reading series.  I think if I had to do things over again somehow, I think I'd just spend on a curriculum set and be done with it.  That's the thing, though, with homeschooling.  By the time you figure out what the perfect curriculum is for you, your children have graduate…

Homeschooling is NOT So Hard.

I wish I'd have known this starting out. I wish I'd have known that it's actually LESS work to just homeschool your child, than to be an "involved parent" at school.

We've enjoyed elementary school with our older boys. *Most* of the teachers were actually pretty competent and caring (the others, I save for another blog post, another day...). We had the children involved in extra activities like the Spanish Club or Service Club, or choir, and they got a fair bit out of the experience.

But it's a LOT of work.

You get about a ton of worksheets that must be done by a certain time. Usually on a day when you're sick or have no time. You get the phone calls about this or that, and about a zillion sheets per day that sometimes contain important news, so you MUST go through them daily. The schools also *love* to throw in half days, teacher in-service days and early dismissals. Not so bad, unless you have children at more than one school and the schedu…

Holiday Gifts for the Homeschool Teacher!

Merrymaking hint:  leave this post up on your phone/ computer for your family to "accidentally" find!  Let the magic begin!

 All teachers love a little appreciation every now and then, including homeschoolers.   I don't know about you, though, but I don't want any apple crap.  So first rule:  no apple crap! 

Otherwise I'm pretty open.  I love getting gifts, even if it's just something small or simple.  One thing I love is when my children want to help out and make lunch or clean up or put their laundry away.  Or just behave themselves and get their math done.  This is a really big thing when you think about it.  

And from the adults in my life, the gift of coffee always shows love - or rather, someone not wanting an "I need coffee" emergency in the middle of winter after a big snowstorm.  Somehow, I always have a lot of coffee in my pantry during the winter months.  (Guess why.) Thanks, D! 

My gallery of homeschool appreciation pics: