Why This Mom Lets Her 2-Year-Old Dye Her Hair & Wear Makeup

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The conversation around being allowed to wear makeup, dye your hair, and countless other forms of self-expression are ones that many moms and daughters have to navigate at some point as she matures. Although many parents set age limits and boundaries during teenage years for allowing their girls to partake in these changes to their appearance, many put off the discussions when their child is still young and can’t imagine ever talking about it — let alone allowing their toddler to make these decisions on her own.

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However, one mom is happy to allow her little girl to dye her hair pink and isn’t afraid of letting her indulge in makeup if that's what she chooses. Instead of staying quiet while others judge her young girl's pink hair, Amy Lyn has opened up about this perspective on parenting and why her 2-year-old, BellaMae, can rock dyed hair, sparkling lip gloss, or eye shadow because she believes that giving her child the freedom to make her own choices now will help her make wiser decisions as an adult.

Toddler with pink hair.
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"I think waiting until they are in middle school or high school or even 18 years of age, is too long to wait to teach them about choices and cause and effect," she told the Daily Mail. "I chose to let my daughter start exploring options to express herself as soon as she is capable, so that down the line she's less likely to waste time trying to find who she is and can focus on making whatever her dreams are reality."

Toddler with pink hair.
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Amy explained that BellaMae first decided that she wanted her hair to be pink in honor of her favorite color crayon. Since then, this mom from Colorado refuses to ban her toddler's curiosity with hair color, temporary tattoos, or makeup. "From there, I let her have the lead," she said. "I give my child the option to have fun bright hair now, so that she will be a better decision maker later in life. And let's face it, if you were giving the option as a child in the thirties to have blue hair, you probably would do it. Because a child then and now, still has the same childlike wonder, it's our outside circumstances that affect what we have access and acceptability to."

Toddler with pink hair.
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For Amy, allowing BellaMae the freedom to play with her appearance isn’t just about allowing her little girl to dress up like mommy but it's about what type of role model she wants to be for her daughter as well as a deliberate parenting style that is important to her family. 

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Toddler with pink hair.
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"Other than just physically letting her play with the way she looks as a kid who just thinks it's fun, I think of alternative parenting as simple as out of the cookie cutter mold," she said. "I try to stay as creative as possible, so that my daughter can see that even though there are necessities in life like working, and paying bleak bills, you can still be an individual and have joy in anything … I feel extremely strong about being myself no matter what."

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