My children think I care more for my cheese then them.
Well, it is your "baby". Maybe (if they're young enough) they would like to do some of the brushing?
I recently watched Will Stud's video about traditional English cheeses and saw several maturing cloth banded cheeses that also had some "loose ends", so I guess you don't have to worry too much...
I've only got one of his videos but loved it and want to eventually buy buy all the episodes. I think I bought mine from cheesemaking.com but he discounts his older episodes on his cheeseslices website
so you can save some money if you're interested (haven't looked on youtube to see if there are some free-bees out there
(Getting back to the main subject) It's a great looking cheese Mak even with the little bit of mold. You deserve credit for going the traditional route.