Need parenting advice on Piercings and teenagers?! Many teens are getting more than just their ears pierced and parents have very different thoughts on this topic. Check out our thoughts on this subject and tell us yours!
When my boyfriend’s daughter was 13, he took her to a tattoo parlor to get her first facial piercing (aside from her ears). It was a tiny little stud in her right nostril. Nothing too innocuous. It actually looks really cute on her! Still, I had very mixed feelings about piercings and teenagers! I tried to keep my feelings to myself. After all, he is her father and her mom had signed off on it as well. My boyfriend has 13 tattoos and used to have multiple piercings. Apparently his ex-wife also has quite a few, so piercings and teenagers isn’t a “big deal” to them the way it is to me.
I thought 13 was too young to have extra holes punched into her flesh. Sure, it’s not quite the same as a tattoo. Piercings can be taken out and left to close up if she decides she no longer likes them. Still, the former nursing student in me worries about things like infection, scarring, hygiene and hitting vital nerves in the face. She’s such a pretty girl and I didn’t want to see something go wrong. My boyfriend had reasons for his decision and I respect them. I don’t like to give him parenting advice when he’s been a parent longer than I have.
Parenting advice from our Readers on Piercings and Teenagers
We asked OurFamilyWorld Facebook fans what they thought about teenagers and piercings. I wanted to know if I was alone in my opinion. I wasn’t really surprised to find that many other parents said “no way” to letting their teenagers get piercings. I was a little surprised, though, at the number of parents who really seem to have no problem with it!
I’m totally not judging. I don’t have super strong feelings about this topic and believe that every parent knows their child best. Personally, I agree with Jodi, our reader who said no one would ever be able to convince her that it’s not a breeding ground for bacteria.
See, that’s really my only major concern. I think piercings and tattoos look great on other people when done correctly. I think my boyfriend’s daughter looks absolutely adorable with her nostrils pierced (she got the other one done recently). To me, it has nothing to do with the way it looks. I’ve been a punk rock girl most of my life. My hair was dyed strange colors way before it became a social norm. I personally have no piercings or tattoos simply because I’m afraid of pain! I just want to make it clear that as far as looks go, I’m totally good with piercings. Yet I can’t get past the worry of something going terribly wrong.
What do you think about piercings and teenagers? Would you allow your young teen to get a facial piercing? Why or why not? We want to hear your parenting advice on this topic!