I was interviewed a few months back for an article on teens/tweens who color their hair for the Wall Street Journal. I find it interesting that people find this a thing. I've been coloring my hair pretty regularly (except during pregnancy) since I was 14.
The interviewer was super nice. I enjoyed doing it. She asked me a question that made me think:
Do you have rules in your house?
Well, do you make your kids go to bed at 10? Do you have rules about electronics?
Oh, yeah. My kids think I'm strict.
My kids go to be bed at 9. There are no electronics at the dinner table. We eat together. We hug often. My kids refer to adults as Mr. or Ms. I have lots of rules. Hair isn't one of them.
It got me to thinking about things and what other people might think looking into our family. My house is unorganized. I don't always cook the healthiest of dinners. I'm a fairly unorthodox mom who is struggling to raise two girls who have self esteem, are proud of their smarts and think of the world around them. But yes, I have rules.
My kids tell me I'm stricter than most of their friends' parents. But their friends like me (I'm lit, which is apparently good) and tell my girls that. I'll take that. We all have or have had interesting colored hair. I find it odd that there's a perceived correlation between that and rules. Whatever. I'll take the label of strict mom with oddly colored hair.