Piercing Your Child’s Ears
Well well well … I’m tackling a controversial one. Firstly let me give you my own thoughts, and then I’ll be devil’s advocate (like I always am).
Let’s talk about piercing your child’s ears ….
My husband and I personally believe in waiting until our kids (both my girl AND boy) are older. When they can make that decision for themselves.
We believe that that type of thing is a decision that shouldn’t be made by the parents.
My parents didn’t let me get mine pierced until I was 14. I only started showing interested in wanting them pierced when I was 13, so the age was later than most because ultimately I didn’t care.
HOWEVER, if you think the opposite, and think that it’s ok to pierce your child’s ears – then that’s totally up to you. Absolutely no negative judgement from me at all.
We all make decisions in our lives based on our own experiences. So what’s right for me, might not be right for you.
Here are a couple of comments from people online that I’ve seen (taken from a Scary Mommy Facebook post):
” It’s a parent’s choice whether or not to pierce their daughter’s ears. Do what you feel is best. That doesn’t give you the right to judge whether or not someone else wants to have it done. And it damn sure doesn’t give the right to try to prevent others from piercing their daughter’s ears. Mind your own business.“;
“Same thing with circumcision ladies!! Let your little guy make that life altering decision“;
“Parents do what you feel is right for you and your child stop worrying what others think of your decisions and feeling like you have to explain yourself“.
At the end of the day, you make the decisions for your child. If you feel like this isn’t a decision you can make, and want to leave that for your child to make when they’re older; then that’s up to you.
If you want to make that decision for them; then that’s up to you too.
I could take a firm stance on this and say “you shouldn’t do that” but I truly don’t believe that’s helpful at all.
We all know my stance on things in this world: knowledge is power. If you are unsure, then research it. Talk to your significant other, or family members. Then do what you think is right.
Here’s some links to help you make the decision, or if you’re after more information:
- Ear Piercing for Kids – parents.com
- Parents Take Kids To Tattoo Shop For Ear Piercings – nowtolove.co.nz
- Ear Piercing: What You Need To Know – todaysparent.com
- Body-piercing and Tattooing: Protecting Your Health – healthed.govt.nz