A mum who’s worried that her little boy will be bullied for his monobrow has asked fellow parents whether it’d be wrong of her to shave it off.
The woman, who was bullied as a child for her bushy brows has shared her fears that her two-and-a-half-year-old son will receive the same treatment she did now that he’s starting to develop a monobrow.
She said: “I feel truly awful asking and I hate that it’s even in my mind but the truth is he has one.
“It’s not massive and bushy but you can see it.
“Someone once made a comment about it when he was 8 months and I have irrationally hated that person since.
“However it did make me realise that it is noticeable.”
She asked other parents whether this was something they’d do and if so, what age would they start.
Justifying her idea, she said: “Surely if I start now and it is just part of his routine then it won’t raise any questions, but if I wait until kids start to make fun of him, then he asks, will that impact his self confidence more?”
Although she wishes it wasn’t such a big deal, she said, “kids are mean and we’ve got to live in the real world.”
She also admitted feeling much more confident after plucking her brows when she was a child.
The post received mixed opinions from Mumsnet users.
Whilst some mums admitted to shaving or waxing their own child’s facial hair, others said the decision should be down to her little one.
One said: “If you shave it it will get thicker! Wait until he’s bothered by it then deal with it.”
Whereas another said: “I agree with you about making it part of the routine now so it doesn’t even become an issue. Don’t wait for kids to notice and tease first.”
A third added: “I’ll be flamed for this but I have shaved my DDs (darling daughter’s). Not as young as your son, she was maybe 6/7ish and I still do it now. Just go over it when it grows back.”
A fourth admitted: “I really want to pluck my daughter’s but she doesn’t care and she’s 10 so gets a say in her own face. When she was about 6 months old a beautician walked up to me in Starbucks and offered to wax it for her. So that was lovely.”
And: “I give DS3 (third darling son) a bag of raspberry crispy tiddlers and go to work with the Lycon wax. Get it done while he’s young enough to bribe” said a fifth.
One person also gave the woman some helpful advice: “A good rule of thumb is: do not do anything to your child’s body that isn’t either (a) important on health grounds; or (b) at the child’s own request. That would definitely rule out shaving a toddler’s face!”