We have a hair puller in the house..
She is not quite 2.
It is VERY frustrating.
She not only pulls her sisters hair, but she pulls my hair, and even Merrill's hair, on occasion.
It isn't a new development.. it has been going on for a while.
The only thing more annoying than her pulling our hair is what to do about it. I have tried many things, all of which do not seem to phase her.
I have even asked Ashley to pull her hair back (I know psychologically, she won't get it yet, she doesn't have that empathy bone developed, but it was worth a try..) all that culminated in was two little girls crying and exchanging tearful "sorries".
It didn't stick.
The other day, after she pulled Lynn's hair, then Ashley's hair, which left them BOTH crying, she returned to Lynn's head of hair, and gave it another tug. The crying became only louder and more intense. They were both terrified of the sister half thier size.
In that moment, I did the first thing that came instinctively to me...
Now don't judge me...
I spanked her.
Like she would get that too?..
The tables turned, and she was the one crying now.
I loved her and told her, very sternly, that we do not pull hair.
"If you pull hair, I will spank you bum."
"Mommy spank Pey-don's bum-bum? No no.. pull hair." and she tearfully shook her finger at me.
"That's right. You pull hair, I will spank you bum."
She thoughtfully looked around for a minute, and her eyes fell to a picture of Christ.
"Mom? Jesus spank bum-bum?"
Thanks Peyton.. way to make me feel guilty.
What would you do with a pint-sized hair puller?
(Shaving our heads is not an option..)