A Toddler, a Bathroom and a Bald Spot: Why You Shouldn’t Text and Parent

Three seconds of distraction turned into two inches of sweet, soft baby hair on the floor, one big bald spot on my toddler and one extra nomination for parent of the year for this mama.


Before I tell you this tragic tale of texting and parenting, I will assure you NO toddlers were injured in the least bit during this incident–not a drop of blood or a single tear was shed by the child. I, on the other hand, did not fair as well. Watching a chunk of beautiful baby hair which took a whopping TWO years to grow is an absolute travesty which warrants a few tears. I digress.

We were all in the girls’ favorite place in the house, mama’s bathroom, while I was trying to get myself ready. I’d estimate I spent two-thirds of my time asking the girls to take this thing out of their nose and put this one back in the drawer and only one-third actually accomplishing anything. (After a year of this frustration, you’d think I’d have baby proofed my bathroom, but that would be too easy. I clearly prefer a parenting challenge.)

A text came in on my phone, and I grabbed it to fire off a quick reply. In the three seconds I was looking at the screen, one of the girls reached into a drawer and grabbed a tiny disposable trimming razor (which THANKFULLY had a plastic guard built around the blade).

She put the little trimmer up to her lovely head of not-so-much hair and said with a smile, “Look Mama, I can comb my hair like Ariel!”

Of course I looked up at this moment, gasped, and watched the most lovely lock of baby hair fall on the ground as she reached the tiny trimmer back up to her head.

Oh. My. Gosh.

Ninja-mom reflexes kicked in with a mix of horrid panic and thoughts of, “You just let your two year old shave her head!” as I threw the phone on the ground and grabbed the little trimmer.

We all three stared at the chunk of hair for a while. I was in tearful disbelief, and the girls were very insistent that mama should go to get the vacuum to clean up the mess.


The ironic part of it all is I had just glanced at an article about distracted parents and an increase in childhood injuries and thought to myself I was much better fit than all of those parents. Humble pie is not so great to swallow.

Luckily enough for my little lady, her hair color was pretty close to the color of my eyebrow defining pencil. No shame here. It was the least I could do to turn my epic parenting fail into a minor mishap.

Have your children ever gotten themselves into trouble while you were distracted? Please don’t let me think I’m alone in my shortcomings…

Here is the original link to this blog post on the Greeley Tribune.



6 thoughts on “A Toddler, a Bathroom and a Bald Spot: Why You Shouldn’t Text and Parent

  1. Distracted? Me? Never… Ha. But the good news is I’m sure you’ll notice that little bald spot more than anyone else will.

  2. My daughter shared your link on facebook to the out the door rodeo. Her twins would have been 6 months old this month but there is no 29th so they have to wait till March 29th to be 6 months old. I told her that as she says they are growing up much too fast! I fix everything! I am mom!
    Next I told her to pact a bag the night before having to go to daycare and put it in the MomVan. The next morning she is to put the girls in their car seats. Strap them down good and only unlock them to pull shirt down and pants up 🙂 That might save you about 5 minutes. And I will have to think about the sock and shoe issue. Super Glue?
    I have started following your blog…. I always wanted twins (LOL)
    Love to you and yours,
    PS She has a 5 & 14 year old as well. I actually cannot imagine her mornings before heading out the door for the day!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! I bet your daughter’s mornings are much crazier than mine–I’d never make it anywhere with two more people to get ready! Haha–love the suggestions, even the super glue. :). I’ve started keeping the cups in the bag and not letting the girls have them until we’re in the car, and that has helped. We’ve also been saving socks and shoes and jackets to the last second so there is less time to lose them! I appreciate the Facebook share so much and your comments. Hope you keep enjoying the blog–that means so much to me!Hugs and blessings,Melissa

  3. Oh my goodness. I love these kinds of stories. Thanks for sharing.

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