Haircut Anxiety

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This blog allows me to connect with friends I haven’t seen in years. Recently, one of these friends asked for recommendations for her neighbor’s three-year-old. The young child was frightened to get a haircut. Luckily, ML didn’t fear getting a haircut. Instead, the issue was ML and her friends cutting their hair.

I found two books for children unsure of getting haircuts, One is a part of the Early Experiences Series, Does a Yak Get a Haircut? by Fred Ehrlich and illustrated by Emily Bolam. Emily Bolam has illustrated over 100 children’s books.

Usually, I do not recommend television character-based books. They are checked out all the time without librarians needing to booktalk them. However, sometimes they do the best job at exploring various childhood fears. A Blue’s Clues Book – Sprinkle’s First Haircut by JC Schwanda is one of those books.

Also, I found another book about haircuts. I wouldn’t recommend it for a three-year-old, unless you want to replace the fear of haircuts with a fear of monsters. But I brought it home for ML and we’ve read it every night this week. Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElliogott


Each child is different but they all have fears from time to time. Thankfully, there are picture books to help parents talk through these fears. What makes your child anxious?