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Adrea was 5 when we let her get her first ear piercing. She's 10 and has 3 holes in each ear. I would probably let her get her nose, lip or eyebrow done at 14. Everything else would have to wait until 18 (other piercings & tattoos).
Id let them get earings before 16, I dont remember when I had mine, maybe 12? Depending on my kid Id probably ok a belly ring at 16 but for tongue/facial piercings id make them wait for 18. My mom made my brother wait and by the time he was 18 he didnt want it anymore. hahaha.
Ears, i'm going to wait until they start asking for them done and they can understand the importance of cleamnig them, i wouldn't get them done when they are babies. I think i'd let them have ears done at around six.
Other than that, while they were still at school, i wouldn't allow anything but a few ear piercings and a belly button once they were teenage. I don't know what it's like in the US, but schools here won't allow visible facial piercings because of health and safety.
Once they were out of school, they can have what they want piercing wise.
Tattoos, i'd be more strict about, definatly not until they are over 18 and i'd do my best to make sure they did their research, thought long and hard about what they wanted. But, in reality, they'll probably come home with something they'd picked off a wall on the spur of the moment!!
I'd allow ears if she wanted them around 5 or so, as long as she understood that it will hurt and she has to clean them every day (with my help, of course)
Other piercings I'd wait until about 16, and she'd have to want them for a year at least before she got them, since I wanted my nose for maybe 6 months before I decided it was silly, and wanted my lip piercing for 4 years before I got it done (My mom refused to let me get it done until I was 18)
Lobe more than once, probably 9 or 10 and other ear piercings (cartilage, for example), probably 14 and wanting them for at least 6 months.
I'd allow her to stretch them, with a reasonable limit of staying smaller than a 2g (Point of no return for most) as long as she was at least 14. I did mine at 15, without my mom knowing, and still have them now at the age of 19.
Tattoos I'd do 18.. I think that's the law here, actually.
I want her to be SURE of what she wants. I just got my first after wanting it for a year, and I'm thrilled with it. It has MEANING!
Kailey(21) Cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, extended RF'ing, slightly crazy mommy to Ashlynn (3 1/2 * 1/28/10) and Matthew (13 months * 6/20/12)
My DD got her ears pierced at about 6 months old. If DS ever wants his done he can have them when he asks. They can have whatever piercing whenever they ask provided they're mature enough to get it and handle it. It is law here that you have to be 18 to get a tattoo so only then. If either is ever asked for a present for birthdays I wouldn't hesitate to get it for them.
Well we did DD's ears at 6 months. She doesn't wear earrings often though. Other piercings we will address when they ask for them. Alot will depend on maturity and what they want. I won't let them get tattoos until they are over 18 but I would still want to help them find a good artist that won't just mess it all up.
i am totally flexable. i had ears done younger, had a lot of prbs keeping them clean myself, so that was bad. seeing as i have a son, one and done situ as well, who knows. tat's and piercing, diff story, but its maturity age, age itself like others have said.
and i would never say no, and didnt wouldnt be allowed to say no w out asking me, b/c i have tats and piercings! cant be do as i say not as i do w/ that simple stuff. pick my battles...lol
My oldest DD got her ears pierced for her 3rd b-day. My younger DD is now 4 and says she doesnt want them because they will hurt. Stupid DH doesn't want her to have earrings yet so convinced her they were too painful.
For all piercings/tattoos we'll go on a case by case basis. Nothing gets pierced without their permission and nothing gets pierced without mine
We gave both of our girls the option to have their ears pierced when they turned 5, same age I was. Anything else will wait at least until their teens. Our oldest boy asked about getting his ears pierced and we have decided to wait until he is a teen. Not sure how we will handle anything else yet.