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Daddy Up-Do: Fathers get a lesson in braiding, combing and piggy-tails to help daughters get ready for school

February 22, 2017

Braiding, combing and buns — dads got a lesson in all things hair Saturday during a daddy-daughter hairdo class at Ludington’s Bookmark.

The free event was sponsored by the Mason-Lake-Oceana County Great Start Collaborative, a group offering tips, advice and monthly educational meetings for local parents.

“It’s not just for dads, it’s for all male role models — uncles, grandfathers, friends,” said Mason County Parent Liaison Stacy Eberbach. “We have monthly meetings, and I mainly see a lot of the moms. I don’t see a lot of the dads. What we really want is to teach parents that being a role model, having things in common with your children, it’s important.”

The hair class was a way to get dads and other male role models to spend time with their daughters and pick up some skills on the way.

“It’s important for any male role model in a young girl’s life to be very active in their life. Doing things like this is a bonding experience, doing something that the girl is interested in,” Eberbach said. “And they’re learning how to do hair. It’s helpful and it’s fun, and the girls really seem to be enjoying it.”

Eight dads attended the event, including Adam Nead, who brought his 6-year-old daughter, Serenity.

“I’m just learning more ways to do her hair,” he said. “I have three daughters total, so hair is a big part of life in our house.”

The Great Start Collaborative offers monthly meetings, dinner and childcare. At each meeting, parents can participate in an activity or hear a presentation, as well as share advice and discuss issues.

“Every month we do something different,” Eberbach said. “We’re always looking for families to join our meetings. It’s informative, fun.”

Lake and Oceana counties also offer Great Start programs. The program and its events are free.

Saturday’s hair class, which served as February’s meeting, was led by John Bailey, owner of Ludington’s Director’s Cut.

For more information on the program or to get involved, email masonliaison@wsesd.org.