I hesitate to allow this request for a couple of reasons. First of all - when she had bangs as a toddler, with the natural curl in her hair they would flip up at spots. As a two-year-old it can still be considered a cute feature. But as a soon-to-be 9-year-old...I'm not sure she would be very pleased if this were to happen again. She insists that it won't happen since her hair is a lot straighter than it used to be as a young child. She's right, but you still never know - until it's too late!
And the second reason is IF we do decide to risk the flip-up issue, there's also the issue of how long it takes to grow bangs out should she decide she's finished with the new phase. She has made the mistake twice before of chopping off her hair into a short 'do and both times she has regretted it shortly after. Growing out your hair is a very long process and especially if there are issues with how it looks with unwanted flippies...it would seem to take even longer.
But she's stubborn - just like her Mom - and when she wants something, she wants it, regardless of the "what ifs."
While her dad and I are debating the issue (I'm ready to just let her go for it and live with the consequences if it turns out not-so-great - and who knows? it could end up looking really good - but Les is digging in his heels so far) she's staging a personal protest. She's leaving her long bangs out of every braid and ponytail she does each morning, having them hanging in her face. She is determined to do this for as long as it takes until she gets what she wants!
I guess I have to give her props for sticking up for what she wants. :) This kind of stubborn attitude could serve her very well in her teen years...right??