March 28, 2007 10:18am CST
At a visit to my DIL's house yesterday I found my granddaughter home for the day due to illness. She just turned 11 years old. I was there to pick up my DIL and bring her to an appointment. My granddaughter's hair was a mess. It looked like she hadn't brushed it in days. Her personal appearance was disheleved as well. Following our return from the appointment I told my granddaughter to get a brush and a hairband so I could braid her hair. I then told her that she was old enough to know to brush her hair everyday. I reminded her that she had plenty of plastic hairbands that I had bought her so she could use them to keep her hair out of her eyes. After a bit of whining and what not, she told me that she would brush her hair and keep it neat. I know that it was only said to shut me up. I know that it isn't all my granddaughter's fault for her appearance. My DIL and son need to teach the kids better grooming habits. I try not to be too opinionated as I don't want to be the meddling mother-in-law, but sometimes, I just can't keep my big mouth shut!