Last month you may have seen the video of a 4 month old baby getting her ears pierced. It made national news and was the cause of outrage amongst many parents. Some even went as far as to accuse the tot’s mother of child abuse. I’ll be honest, when I saw it I felt disgusted. It was difficult to watch and even harder to understand. Why would any parent subject their child to unnecessary pain?
You wouldn’t pierce your baby’s eyebrow so why would you pierce their ears?
I had my ears pierced when I was 8 years old. My mum endured months of nagging before finally giving in and agreeing to take me. Now at 26, I’m (thankfully) still as in love with my pierced ears as I was back then. That said I would still argue the toss with any parent who made that decision for their child. I don’t believe for a second that an 8 year old is capable of understanding that every action has a consequence. However I am positive that through persistent nagging, the piercing of my ears was a choice made only by me.
As a parent can you honestly say you’ve never given into your child? At the end of a long day, when you’re running on empty there’s not much we wouldn’t do for 10 minutes peace. But how can anyone justify making that decision for a child who isn’t old enough to even walk? Let alone talk!
One excuse is that piercing a baby’s ears at that age means they won’t remember the pain. Do I remember the pain of having my ears pierced? Of course I don’t! I remember absolutely nothing about the piercing or even the unrelenting whinging which led up to that point. So much so that I had to call my mum while writing this post on confirm how old I actually was!
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