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Little Girl's Haircut Goes Viral

Aellyn Stannard watched her father shave his head every month, and eventually she begged her parents to allow her to shave her head, too, which gave her mom a dilemma, as reported by Good Morning America.

"I thought maybe she might forget about it but the next day she definitely didn't forget about it," Aellyn's mom, Paige Lucas-Stannard, told ABC News. "She still wanted it. She was really excited."

So what's a mom to do?

The option was to either forbid the little girl from shaving her locks and have a miserable child, or allow the haircut so that Aellyn could be the person she wanted to see in the mirror.

Lucas-Stannard wrote about the conundrum she faced in her blog Baby Dust Diaries. She decided to let Aellyn shave her head.

"This wasn't a hard decision or even a big deal to her," she wrote of Aellyn. "I really, really, REALLY wanted to talk her out of it. I wanted to fawn over how beautiful her hair is."

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Lucas-Stannard's decision did cause some online backlash, but most people were supportive of her decision.

"I think that she's just the bravest little girl," Lucas-Stannard said. "She just does it like, 'This is me,' and with a big smile."

Parenting expert Ericka Souter says some parents may be hesitant to give their children freedom, and that communication is key when making such decisions.

"A lot of parents were hesitant to give a child that young the freedom to shave off their hair," said Souter, a contributing editor at mom.me. "Before you give in to something like that, you really need to make sure that this child is ready for it, ready for looking different."

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