A Homemade Haircut

Last week when I dropped Krishna at school his caretaker (school nanny) looked at him and then looked at me. I was trying to guess what might have happened and then she said, “Get him a haircut, please.”

His hair had grown awfully big and was troubling him. He lost his looks and hair covered most of his face.

Once I even told him, “With so much hair covering both of your ears, you look like Bachchan.”

Anyways, he needed a haircut almost immediately. Weekend was still a few days away when we would normally go out together to get him one.

So, I had to do something. I had a plan. I took him upstairs for a bath and just before that, grabbed a stupid pair of scissors (God, I didn’t a good scissors eitherJ but a plan is a plan) and started my job.

For the next twenty minutes my job was to be a homemade barber who had to do his job i.e. cut his hair and also keep him diverted so that he doesn’t spoil the game.

Krishna hates haircuts and doesn’t like anybody touching his hair, forget about messing it up and the last thing he needs is somebody to cut them. So, the job was difficult and all the more thrilling because I am not a professional barber.

This is the first time I was about to do something of this kind. But I had the confidence. Millions of my own visits to the barber gave me the kind of experience I needed.

It happened smoothly. A little cut from here and there and on the nape and on the sides and finally a little shaping. Bingo!

Krishna had a haircut! Super!

I gave myself a collar lift and patted my shoulder.

There you go.

You can do it!

He looked much better and smart.

When I dropped him to the school today (post haircut), his teacher commented, “Ah! You’ve got a haircut.”

Then she looked at me and asked, “Who cut it?”

I blushed and said, “I did.”

She laughed and looked at Krishna and said,” You’ve got a big boy’s haircut.”

 

I still don’t know what that meant.

Meal Time!

It has always been an arduous task to feed Krishna since he has turned two. It was difficult earlier as well but recently this has been our most important challenge. He is not more of a foodie kid hence he always wants to play but hardly wants to eat.

We thought about this quite a lot but had no clue what to do. We tried stories, fantasy characters, videos, movies, pictures, funny faces and almost everything that parents could try but things didn’t work as much as they should. He hardly ate. Even if he did, it took two hours of herculean effort and patience to have him do that.

Then something amazing happened. He started going to school. After couple of days of school, the idea dawned. Why don’t we just follow the rule of the school? It would help him learn and adapt to the school quickly while he’ll eat as well.

So, we decided and followed the school principle. Dedicated Mealtime, separate chair, full plate, freedom with little bit of encouragement and presence. The recipes changed everyday but not the rule.

Now we serve him a plate full that has at least 5 different eatables, one potion each. The plate mostly contains a main course, a salad, a fruit, a junk (crisps, biscuits, rolls etc.) and a dessert.

 

The plate is served at proper time, while he rests on his meal chair along with colorful kid spoon and fork with a glass full of juice or plain water. This does the trick. Mostly he eats a little bit of everything, sometimes most of few things, and rarely everything and very rarely asks for more. But things are getting better. The idea is not to leave him alone, but eat with him in your plate and be present even when you are done and keep encouraging him. As time passes, he’ll feel more confident and independent to eat himself without any assistance.

Notice how he plays and enjoys every bite, plays as he pleases and relishes every new dish with curiosity. It is sight unto itself that every parent would love to see.

Bon Appétit!