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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6465 on: January 06, 2013, 03:28:02 PM »
How does one go about getting a toddler to sit still for a haircut?

We don't have any barbers/hair salons in town that cater to toddlers or I'd take Boo Bear there and make it their business to figure out.  :P He just needs his side curls cut back a bit, but apparently the trimmer I have tickles.

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And who are you people whose toddlers will sleep through a haircut? Mine sleep pretty soundly, but there's no way they would stand that. I'd probably get stabbed.


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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6466 on: January 07, 2013, 12:12:26 PM »
Jones wrote:

"How does one go about getting a toddler to sit still for a haircut?"

Tequila.  For both of you.

Honestly, though, this is one of those things where getting him very tired and doing it while he's asleep isn't a bad idea, assuming the trimmer doesn't wake him.  If it does, then get yourself a nice sharp pair of scissors and keep him up late, and as odd as it sounds it works pretty well.  At least it did for my oldest.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6467 on: January 07, 2013, 01:06:46 PM »
Is there a way to keep necklaces from eating your hair? I have a few necklaces where something about the type of clasp or chain that snares my hair something awful. It hurts a little to wear, but mostly the chains just look awful with hair all around them. Is there anything I can do short of changing out all the chains?

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« Reply #6468 on: January 07, 2013, 01:09:42 PM »
Some of the jewelry makers on board may have a better idea but my first thought was to coat the problematic part of the chain with clear nail polish.  It would close over any little catches that are grabbing your hair.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6469 on: January 07, 2013, 01:36:00 PM »
How does one go about getting a toddler to sit still for a haircut?

We don't have any barbers/hair salons in town that cater to toddlers or I'd take Boo Bear there and make it their business to figure out.  :P He just needs his side curls cut back a bit, but apparently the trimmer I have tickles.

Two ideas:

1.  Videos.  Put on a video he doesn't know but that you're sure he'll love.  When you're a few minutes in and he's mesmerized, start cutting.

2.  Bribery.  If he can sit still while you count to five (or even better, ten), give him an M&M or some other very small treat.  You'll have to cut his hair in 5- or 10-second bursts, but it's better than constant squirming.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6470 on: January 07, 2013, 01:42:58 PM »
Thanks to all on the advice for toddler hair trimming.

It was so easy with Jean (now age 7)...we just let her hair keep growing. Sadly, in our society I can't do that with my little boy. He does have a cartoon he loves to watch, others are passing bursts and hit-or-miss, but he doesn't like it enough to distract him from something interesting happening by his head.

That said, I gave him a lollipop, which distracted him for a few seconds, then I put a lock of his trimmed hair in the other hand, which he admired and giggled over long enough for me to finish with the clippers. I even got to swipe at the nape of his neck. After the shower--he prefers showers to baths-- I checked and the sides look mostly even; not bad for a speedy job. :D Hopefully he'll have a longer attention span in 6 months when we have to do it again.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6471 on: January 07, 2013, 01:47:05 PM »
Is there a way to keep necklaces from eating your hair? I have a few necklaces where something about the type of clasp or chain that snares my hair something awful. It hurts a little to wear, but mostly the chains just look awful with hair all around them. Is there anything I can do short of changing out all the chains?

It's probably either the type of clasp or a jump ring that's not quite flat.  I'd suggest going out to a craft store and picking up a few magnetic clasps or ball and hitch clasps and swap them out with a pair of pliers.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6472 on: January 07, 2013, 02:11:02 PM »
Is there a way to keep necklaces from eating your hair? I have a few necklaces where something about the type of clasp or chain that snares my hair something awful. It hurts a little to wear, but mostly the chains just look awful with hair all around them. Is there anything I can do short of changing out all the chains?

It's probably either the type of clasp or a jump ring that's not quite flat.  I'd suggest going out to a craft store and picking up a few magnetic clasps or ball and hitch clasps and swap them out with a pair of pliers.
I have the same problem, and it's definitely not the clasp, because clasps have a bad habit of working their way around to the front. It's the chain itself, and it happens with all types of fine chains. 
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« Reply #6473 on: January 07, 2013, 02:20:51 PM »
Please don't read if you're squeamish about snakes...

There's a snake trapped in the office in my house.  I have NO clue how to trap/pick up/kick out a snake.  It's a harmless non-venomous little garden snake.  I hate snakes, but I'm not afraid of it.  I just have no clue how to go about getting it out of my parents' office.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6474 on: January 07, 2013, 02:28:51 PM »
Try sweeping it out the door.  If it goes into a coil, put a bucket upside down over it, slide a piece of cardboard under snake and bucket, and turn rightside up.  Holding cardboard onto bucket like a lid, take snake outside and release.
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« Reply #6475 on: January 07, 2013, 02:31:34 PM »
Please don't read if you're squeamish about snakes...

There's a snake trapped in the office in my house.  I have NO clue how to trap/pick up/kick out a snake.  It's a harmless non-venomous little garden snake.  I hate snakes, but I'm not afraid of it.  I just have no clue how to go about getting it out of my parents' office.

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Professionals have a long stick with a loop on it, similar to what animal control uses for dogs.  If you can't jury-rig something like that, the next best thing is to get something long and stiff like a serving spoon or a stick.  Press down on the snake's neck right behind its head, pinning the head to the ground.  Since it's hard to get the right spot on the first try, I suggest finding two serving spoons so you can pin it wherever you can reach and then work your way up as necessary  :)  Once you have it pinned right behind the head, you can pick it up right behind the stick/spoon and the snake can't bite you.  Garter snakes will still pee on you (well, spray a smelly chemical to scare off predators).  If you can't carry it straight outside, you can put it in a bag (anything with a drawstring top and not made out of mesh) - the snake can't get any leverage to get out, and being in the dark inside the bag will calm it down long enough for you to transport it.  You kind of have to keep the bag suspended (held), though, so don't go putting it on the floor of your car or anything!

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6476 on: January 07, 2013, 02:45:42 PM »
Please don't read if you're squeamish about snakes...

There's a snake trapped in the office in my house.  I have NO clue how to trap/pick up/kick out a snake.  It's a harmless non-venomous little garden snake.  I hate snakes, but I'm not afraid of it.  I just have no clue how to go about getting it out of my parents' office.

Put a small heating pad, on low, underneath a box on it's side. Make the room very cool (open a window if it's cold outside - shut the door if you have to keep the rest of the place from freezing). Leave. Come back in about an hour, snake should be in box. Take outside, away from house, look for bushes, empty box.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6477 on: January 07, 2013, 03:08:59 PM »
I will try the heating pad under the box thing first.  I can't figure out a way to rig a snake handler's tool, though I'll keep searching through the tools in the garage and see if I can't find something.  My parents live on the edge of the Everglades, so I'm quite thankful this is a harmless little critter instead of any number of other things that aren't so harmless that could have found their way inside.  I really don't want to have to call out a professional, but I don't want to hurt it either.  Though, if I didn't mind if it got hurt and wouldn't mind the mess, I'd lock a cat or three in there and let nature take its course.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6478 on: January 07, 2013, 06:36:20 PM »
Re: snake.  Double and triple check variety before attempting.

You can take a broom handle, wiggle it in front on their face, near the ground and when you have their attention, grab their tail end, pick them gently off the ground and put broom handle about the halfway point of their body.  Walk out, lower snake.

I just pick them up thumb behind the head, index finger under the jaw and use my other hand to gently pick up their bottom half.  Then again, I'm not snake squeamish in the least.

If I were closer, I 'd happily come over for snake relocation.   ;)
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6479 on: January 08, 2013, 09:32:20 AM »
Re: snake.  Double and triple check variety before attempting.

You can take a broom handle, wiggle it in front on their face, near the ground and when you have their attention, grab their tail end, pick them gently off the ground and put broom handle about the halfway point of their body.  Walk out, lower snake.

I just pick them up thumb behind the head, index finger under the jaw and use my other hand to gently pick up their bottom half.  Then again, I'm not snake squeamish in the least.

If I were closer, I 'd happily come over for snake relocation.   ;)

That's what I would do if it were a non-venomous snake.  We had to catch the snakes in our garden and relocate them for my mom when we were kids and that's pretty much how we did it.