Fine-toothed Comb

Reid has an unusual talent.

Reid in fountain

He has a unique ability to get whatever he is eating stuck in his hair.

The weird thing is that he is not a messy eater.   In fact, he is quite a clean eater and when he is done he looks perfectly tidy until you try to comb his hair.


Ouch because what is usually in his hair is not easily removed…especially with a comb.

Syrup from pancakes, syrup from waffles, jelly from toast, chocolate sauce from ice cream and honey from thin air all seem to find their way to the top of Reid’s mop.


I took the boys for a haircut yesterday.   Before I went I combed through their hair so they would look presentable.   While working on Reid’s hair I noticed several patches of post-breakfast stickiness.   I rinsed his head with water before combing through it on our way out the door.   I thought I had gotten it all.

After Reid’s haircut I joked, “Did you cut all the syrup off?

To which the lady who did the cut looked at me weirdly and replied, “Oh! I was wondering what that was.


Since the boys take a bath every evening before bed, I usually try to have Reid wash his hair nightly.   After a good shampoo it seems to be easier to get a comb through his wet hair before bed.   I figure it gives his hair about 10 hours of cleanliness a day which isn’t bad.

The other night I was tucking him in and noticed something hanging from his hair.


He has NOT eaten since his bath.

What could possibly be in the hair that I assisted in washing mere moments before?



  1. ROFLMAO. Too funny for this hour of the morning.

  2. That is too funny! My daughter head of hair is the same way! It’s like it is a magnet for all things sticky.

  3. LOL…I like that the hair cut lady just. didn’t. ask.
    I too have children with that talent…but it is not an everyday occurrence.

  4. Hah…we love that spot. Always funny to think of us rattling around the same little city, and I always think of oyu when I roll by your n’hood, since you are the only one I know who lives there!

    Thanks a good lookin little man you are raisin, btw.


  5. Seriously, toothpaste is really hard to get out.

    The cheaper, the harder.

  6. a bath every day? in the summer time? every day. huh…

  7. LOL! I thought I had it bad when youngest managed to get a chunk of chewy granola bar in her hair, but toothpaste is harder, and syrup is the worst!

  8. I’m obsessive…Reese takes a bath AND washes his hair (I scrub in the shampoo) every.single.night. I can’t stand dirty bodies in the bed. Isn’t that silly?

  9. That made me laugh out loud because I have one JUST LIKE HIM. I am thinking I could shave his head and he would still have a sticky noggin!

  10. I almost spit coffee on my monitor!

    Perhaps you should try a crew cut…toothpaste and syrup are much easier to see in very short hair…or so I hear…

  11. He could use mousse as a mousse! I do find that syrup has great hold but is too heavy and sticky to use except for up-doo’s. Cool whip has weightless hold.

  12. My daughter has the exact same talent! But she is a bit more of a challenge in that I cannot just chop off her hair. She has long luxurious hair and refuses to cut it short…but I also cannot get that kid to keep her food out of her hair!

  13. Could be a sibling is wiping his hands on brother’s head. It happens! Or so I’ve heard. hee hee

  14. Hey Holly, you’re about to have an usual talent too…writing your name in the snow with pee. Guess what! You won a GoGirl!

  15. OMgosh he is adorable…no matter whats stuck in his hair…just count yout lucky starts he didnt try and cut it out himself

  16. A Word To The Wise!
    I have listened to doctors, teachers, counselors as well as social workers dish out advice about our children and some of it is well taken, but all must be critically perused and evaluated by us, were the mommies! Who could possible know our children better than we do?
    Some children have adverse reactions to sugar and some do not, however experts would like to paint all children with the same broad brush. Teenagers having problems in school is a good example. The first direction the experts seem to like to pursue is Attention Deficit. However a wise individual would first pursue the basics such as: Are their marital problems in the home or some type of alcohol or drug abuse? Is the child fighting thru Identity issues such as sexuality? These are just a few of the possibilities that could be causing children problems and us Mommies and Daddy's need to make sure everything is being addressed before we push it off on a medical condition. I ™m not saying we don't look at everything; however it seems we live in a society that loves to turn directly to medication to solve a problem! Just watch the evening news and I ™m sure you will see what I mean. The drug companies are now pursuing us directly to get us to ask our doctors for their drugs! The government likes to preach Just Say No to Drugs , and then they pitch them at every opportunity!
    My 16 year old was being tortured by mean girls via email and was heartbroken. She was having some acne issues as we all did but they were extremely mean to her in nature. It was not easy but I found a site that carries Cyber Bully Alerts warning the children to STOP sending these emails as they are being watched and logged and will be prosecuted. We all know what this kind of meanness can lead to with teen suicides and all. I found the cards at hate cards dot net and they did the trick! The torture stopped for Sarah and that was good enough for me. We need to find ways to overcome and adapt to protect our kids.
    We can care for runny noses and chapped bottoms, but we must look out for our babies through high school and educate them to think for themselves until they learn too!
    At Home Mom in MN

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