'Tangled' Finally Solves An Age-Old Mom Problem


Rapunzel dollThe hairbrush fight is legendary in some households. Kids run out of the house looking like they've got something growing in that rats nest, and their parents just go with it. Because after the 25th morning in a row, the fight in you is gone.

But I may have just solved this one for all the parents of princess fans out there. Her name is Rapunzel. She's the star of Tangled. And I discovered her power completely by accident.

See we have hit 5 1/2 in our house, when little girls apparently go through a stage I'll call "not old enough to brush my own hair, but gosh darn it, I'm going to pretend I can." It's the aforementioned rats nest about 90 percent of the time. And the front tends to fall in her yogurt at lunch time because she won't let it be put UP in a ponytail. Yes, I'm now "that" parent. The one who gives up.

The looks I get from other parents have left me tempted to cut off that long, beautiful hair. But we were saved just in time. Disney sent an advance screener copy of the new Tangled DVD to my house. The first time I saw it back in the theaters,  I was over the moon (Yes, I've got a bit of mom crush on Disney for that one). Rapunzel was so spunky! So feisty!

But I made the "mistake" of showing it to my daughter BEFORE giving her a haircut and while she was playing with the new Rapunzel doll with super long hair that Daddy just bought her. We now hear, daily: "I want to have long hair like Rapunzel."


Yes, her hero has super long beee-yoooo-ti-ful hair, the sort that is making Rapunzel dolls like the one she just got from Daddy go flying off the shelves . . . just so little girls can brush, brush them. And a strategy has emerged. If they can brush their doll's hair, they have to submit to having their hair brushed. If they want long hair that's as beautiful as Rapunzel's, they have to submit to having their hair brushed. I've played her hero's strengths as my strength, and it's working so far.

What do you do to end the hairbrush fights? Do your kids submit easily?


Image via Disney Store

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nonmember avatar ABD

Rapunzel has given our household this gift as well!

miche... micheledo

I got tired of my daughter's cries and started screaming louder then her when I brushed her hair.  Now she just laughs at mommy's screams and doesn't cry herself! :)

jeann... jeannesager

micheldo, I LOVE that idea. I'll have to try that when this stops working!


level... level1fevi

We have the same problem! She just whine's and wiggles and won't let us put it up. She wanted it looong before tangled even came out and puts up a fight about trimming the ends, even tho I told her it helps it grow faster. I will def try this from now on!

jagam... jagamama0710

LOL! Fantastic idea! We also suffer long hair brushing fights. I shall use this to my advantage. My daughter is in love with Tangled. However, just yesterday I picked up some detangler by California Baby. It works pretty well! She still whined but not nearly as bad. I can't believe I'd never seen it in the store before. 

angev... angevil53

thankful i have a boy. though he did comb it the other day and said, "mommy am i pretty?" i said, "well, you're handsome of course!" he replied with, "yeah bc i just brushed my hair" melted my heart! so cute!


my dd loves having "rapunzel hair"  I use Johnson's extra conditioning shampoo , and smooth 'n shine extra strength poloishing serum (very cheap, get knots out great makes hair shine and not greasy after a few minutes of use) ....She has an obsession with long hair and her hair is very curly and thin!

ilove... ilovemyboys84

thankfully i have all boys who all have buzz cuts!!!

ilove... ilovemyboys84

when my niece sleeps over to get her to sit still i have to promise to braid her hair before bed so she has "princess" hair when we take it out in the morning when she gets up! she wll sit still long enough to brush it and braid it and then undo the braid and brush in the morning!

Marjc... Marjchaos

My mom used to smack me in the back of the head with the brush when I complained...probably not a viable option these days.

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