Mom receives backlash for allowing 6-year-old to shave her head

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A mother was faced with a parenting decision when her daughter, 6-year-old Aellyn Stannard, said she wanted to shave her head like daddy does monthly.

“I thought maybe she might forget about it but the next day she definitely didn’t forget about it,” Aellyn’s mom, Paige Lucas-Stannard, told ABC News. “She still wanted it. She was really excited.”

Lucas-Stannard, also the mother of twin boys, wrote about her parenting dilemma on her blog, Baby Dust Diaries.

“This wasn’t a hard decision or even a big deal to her,” she wrote of Aellyn. “I really, really, REALLY wanted to talk her out of it. I wanted to fawn over how beautiful her hair is.”

Lucys-Stannard allowed Aellyn’s father Pete to shave her head.  Her haircut when from a bob to a long Mohawk and then to a buzz cut.

“I think that she’s just the bravest little girl,” Lucas-Stannard said. “She just does it like, ‘This is me,’ and with a big smile.”

The decision to let the 6-year-old shave her head has received some backlash, but most people were supportive.

Some parents may be hesitant to give their children freedom and that communication is key says Parenting expert Ericka Souter.

“A lot of parents were hesitant to give a child that young the freedom to shave off their head,” said Souter, an editor at the website “Before you give in to something like that, you really need to make sure that this child is ready for it, ready for looking different.”

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