Last night my four-year-old used child-safe art scissors to hack off almost all the hair on the front of her head after we thought we'd gotten her safely to bed. She even cut off part of an eyebrow. It looks quite terrible. But I gave her a short bob haircut, and in a few months her hair should look cute again.
Part of me cried, and part of me worries what other foolish things she will do when I'm not looking. And part of me is resigned to this as inevitable. After all, when I was close to her age, I cut off some of a playmate's hair just before the little girl was scheduled for a professional photo session.