Ava, My Favourite Family

Ava And The Scissors: A New Haircut & ‘Customised’ Uniform

I went to pick Ava up from school and her teacher met me and took me to one side.

She gently broke the news that Ava had cut her own hair.

Of course I had visions of her lopping off her plait and when she said they had saved the hair, I was imagining a carrier bag full. Fortunately, it was just in a small envelope: you can imagine my relief!Envelope containing Ava's hair

So here she is, modelling her new fringe…Ava and her new self-cut fringeI tried to be strict about it and let her know it wasn’t the right thing to do, but she kind of rocks her new look, so I found it hard. I was just grateful she hadn’t cut any more off!

But, by not telling her off properly, I may have inadvertently opened the floodgates to more scissors-related adventures.

A few days later, I was doing the washing and noticed a series of snips along the hem of one of her school dresses…Ava's snipped school dressAnd then this missing button on her cardigan…Ava's cardigan with a hole

Now Ava’s story is that someone at after school club was dragging her around by her cardigan (!) and it “popped off”. Well I don’t know about you, but to me, this looks like she has cut it off – though maybe I am overly suspicious because of her hair and dress! Anyway that hole is pretty big, so even if she hadn’t lost the button, I don’t think I would have been able to sew it back on anyway!

I shared the story of Ava’s haircut on Facebook and several friends commented that they had cut their hair when they were kids, including one girl who had cut off one of her bunches, as she wanted to be like Cyndi Lauper. Her poor mother.

Scissor destruction runs in our family. When my mum was a child, everyone kept singing a song to her about a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. She must have really hated that song, as she cut off her fringe, and hid the curls behind the bin. We don’t know why she didn’t just put them in the bin. Kids are weird.

The Fielding kids in the 80s

Just look at those bowl cuts. And the sofa fabric.

My sister Debbie had a lovely dress that mysteriously got a cut in it, which my mum had to cover over with a faux pocket. She swore blind that Mr. Toad had done it. And I think she still believes that to this day…Sshe dug out this photo, she’s on the right and the pocket is there, so it must have been after naughty Mr. Toad attacked it with the scissors!

Have your kids ruined anything with scissors? Or is it just Ava?

Best of Worst
Friday Frolics


  1. School Uniform Supplier

    19th May 2016 at 9:42 am

    Ohh very cute and naughty Ava!! She looks very pretty in her school uniform with new fringe. Thanks for sharing your amazing experience about your daughter and her naughty habits.

  2. Mrs Tubbs

    28th November 2015 at 9:03 pm

    The new hair cut looks amazing … Which probably isn’t quite the right thing to say. I remember cutting my hair at the same age.

    1. Becky Pink

      29th November 2015 at 11:19 am

      Did you! It seems to be quite common so I think maybe I should be prepared for Thea doing the same somewhere down the line! Xx

  3. Lisa Cornwell (@mummascribbles)

    14th November 2015 at 8:56 pm

    She totally rocks it! Her hair is so beautiful. We haven’t had any scissor moments but Zach is only three so is never left alone with them. I have a feeling that we may have future incidents though! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Becky Pink

      14th November 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Lisa, I really hope Zach doesn’t cut anything other than paper! Xx

  4. helen gandy

    13th November 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Oh my god…..this would be my worst nightmare.She looks pretty cool though, haha. I would be imagining the worst too! Thanks for linking up lovely #bestandworst x

    1. Becky Pink

      13th November 2015 at 10:19 pm

      She’s such a monkey but it could have been so much worse! See you soon xx

  5. moderatemum

    11th November 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Do you know how many women are trying to get their hairdresser to understand the choppy fringe and long layers look 😀 Maybe you can encourage her to start a new hobby with lots of cutting – origami??

    1. Becky Pink

      11th November 2015 at 9:35 pm

      He he maybe I should see if our local salons want her picture to show to their clients! Whenever we do crafts now, I make sure her hair is tied back, and remind her why, I think the message is sinking in!! Xx

  6. This Mum's Life

    11th November 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Just popping back in from #bestandworst! Yours was the post before mine! Its still a great post, and nice to see the offending pictures again!! x

  7. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby

    11th November 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Oh goodness! She does look good with her new hair do but maybe a quiet word with people to keep the scissors out of reach for a while? 😀

    1. Becky Pink

      11th November 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Yes that’s a good plan. She just goes to the drawer and helps herself when she wants to cut something! Maybe I should get a walk rack! Xx

  8. Innocent Charms Chats

    11th November 2015 at 11:56 am

    Eek – she has the most stunning hair, I am terrified of them being allowed free reign with scissors for this reason, although my little girl is terrified that I will cut her hair so don’t think she will do xx

    1. Becky Pink

      11th November 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks so much, she gets the red from my husband. Our hairdresser is a friend and they love it when she comes round- maybe she wants to be like her! Xx

  9. Leslie Rickerby

    11th November 2015 at 8:06 am

    Everybody used to look at me and say ‘Oh haven’t you got beautiful long eyelashes’ so one day I cut them off. I’m surprised it didn’t poke my eyes out with the scissors to be honest!

    1. Becky Pink

      11th November 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Eeeeek! What a close shave, thank goodness you didn’t poke your eye and they grow back! I caught my youngest trying to cut her toenails the other day (she’s only 2 and a half) and she must have climbed up to get the scissors. Luckily she didn’t cut her toe. More grey hairs for me… Xx

  10. This Mum's Life

    10th November 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Well, she IS rocking the new hair…!!! I suppose this is just another ‘phase’ that they go through! Although I hate it when people say that word to me!! I remember going through a chopping up of everything stage at school! I can’t offer any advice, or any funny anecdotes yet, as my 2 are still a the age where a) they can’t control scissors, and b) we have to keep scissors well away from them, because they’d probably gouge each others eyes out! But I’m sure a scissor incident will be coming in the future! I’ll pop back and let you know!!

    1. Becky Pink

      10th November 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Ha ha I look forward to your tales of woe! Though of course I really hope they don’t become scissor-crazed like Ava! Yeah hopefully it is a phase and one that will pass soon! Xx

  11. Jodie Allen (@beautybabyblog)

    10th November 2015 at 10:28 am

    Oh dear. I cut my hair as a kid too. My mother was not impressed to say the least. But to be fair to Ava… she really is rocking it! at least it doesn’t look awful. As for the rest of the damage… let’s just hope it’s not a recurring issue! 🙂 #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Becky Pink

      10th November 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks Jodie, yeah it could have been way worse! I hope this is the last of it, I can’t take any more stress!! Xx

  12. Mary @TheHeartyLife

    10th November 2015 at 10:03 am

    Oh my Becky – this was our story 2 weeks ago too! Ethan decided to give megs a hair cut and its was A MESS to say the least! I was laughing and crying at the same time!!

    I love her new fringe and her long locks are gorgeous…soo glad that she didn’t cut in to those (yet), but it seems you have a scissor lover there ahhhh watch out!! x

    1. Becky Pink

      10th November 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Oh no, that is terrible! Poor Megs, that’s way worse, at least Ava only cut her own hair (as far as we know). I’m so paranoid about scissors now though xx

  13. Coombe Mill

    10th November 2015 at 9:14 am

    Sounds like a narrow escape for Ava with the hair and she does indeed Rock the style. I cut my daughter’s hair similar to that by choice! I think all of mine have had a go at cutting their hair at some stage, it never goes well though and they come to me to “put it right” after! I hope the school uniform is the last of your scissor escapades #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Becky Pink

      10th November 2015 at 7:39 pm

      He he thanks so much, we had a lucky escape, I’m glad the teachers were on the ball and noticed what was going on! Xx

  14. Donna

    8th November 2015 at 10:28 pm

    When A started at preschool her and a friend were playing hairdressers and her friend cut half of the end of one of A’s pigtails off. Only thing was that the teachers didn’t even realise! x

    1. Becky Pink

      9th November 2015 at 9:42 am

      Oh no!! At least the teacher spot what Ava was doing an interviened before it got any worse!! xx

What do you think? You're welcome to comment without your name, email or website if you prefer.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.