Ex-etiquette: Teen wants Bozo look, Dad says OK

  • Article by: Jann Blackstone McClatchy News Service
  • Updated: October 2, 2013 - 1:13 PM

Q: My 13-year-old daughter came home from her father’s with magenta hair. She asked me if she could dye it last week and I said no — but her father let her do it, and I’m furious. What’s good ex-etiquette?

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loop80Oct. 3, 13 4:59 PM

It is scary that you (Jann) are providing media-delivered advise. You show an underlying bias in your comments. You say that your ex should have called you before agreeing to letting her color her hair. YOU should have been proactive, contacted your ex that you have said no to a likely emotional situation with your daughter. It doesn't take a degree in psychology to suspect that if your daughter wants her hair colored and she is headed to her father's, that she would undermine you by asking him. You shifted blame on to your ex. Accept that you have the same, if not more, blame in this instance.

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jeanmolsonOct. 3, 1311:54 PM

On a somewhat related note: let your daughter make decisions about her own appearance. Bodily autonomy is incredibly important for girls to develop. And it's worth much more than avoiding a few stares.

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