Some things moms know best. It doesn’t mean dads can’t know or do them. But moms just do them better. At our house, one of those “mom things” is fixing hair.
Over the past year, Miss E has become quite particular and vocal about her hair. She needs a certain brush with specific hair ties or bows. She’s strong willed and highly opinionated even when it comes to her hair. Imagine that. A taste of my own medicine.
Last night Miss E and I set up Hair School for Daddy. He practiced on the patient daughter, Miss A. She’s not really patient but she’s at least more patient than Miss E.
|Daddy practiced doing hair on Miss A
How did it all turn out? Well, first I must say, my husband can do finish carpentry work with his hands but has struggled with little girls hair ties since becoming a daddy to daughters. I knew he would catch on with some instruction and practice.
I also hugely appreciate that he didn’t roll his eyes at our hair school idea last night. He encourages and supports me in my working remotely from home career. Not all husbands would but he understands the benefits it has for our family and wants me to feel at ease and reassured when I am away on short business travel. Therefore, he played along with our hair school, knowing that having the girls’ hair done matters to me, especially on hot summer days.
Of course, Daddy learned. It wasn’t perfect but the ponytails Daddy can now create will keep the girls cool on summer days while I have a little work mom travel. We also taught him the ease of headbands and the girls both compiled.
No one was more proud of her daddy’s big accomplishment than Miss E.
Daddy passed hair school.
I was beaming behind the camera just as much as Miss E was.
Work mom travel isn’t easy. My career isn’t on the prairie but my greatest loves are. Thankfully my husband goes out of his way to put my mind at ease over the littlest of my worries, like making sure the girls have ponytails in their hair when I am away for work.
One more work mom thing I do before travel is what Miss E is standing in front of…which is her desk with outfits laid out. It forces me to have laundry done and organized. I used just lay out the amount of outfits for the days I would be gone for. But the girl needs more choices. Now she can have options and can choose each morning what she wants to wear. I have the same for Miss A but she isn’t quite as…particular as her older sister. It is a lot less intimidating for Daddy to have outfits laid out in advance than having to open up the closet and see nothing but pink and not know what goes with what.
It’s the silly, petty, little things that somehow put my work mom mind at ease.
I am blessed with happy kids and a helpful daddy.
What tricks or routines help keep you organized…or sane?
Note: this blog doesn’t show the toys I tripped over to take the above pictures or the stack of laundry on the recliner in our bedroom that is still not folded or the bills I stuffed in my purse on my way out the door this morning so I make sure I pay them while I travel today. I will not pretend for one minute I am an organized mom.