opinions for ear piercing

Ashley - posted on 09/28/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 14 months I would like to get his ears pierced but im not sure if I should get one or both considering everyone does both now

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Jodi - posted on 10/04/2012

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Just wait until he decides what he wants. What is the hurry with getting them pierced? None of my kids had ears pierced when they were young, and now, only my 20 year old has hers pierced. None of the others have expressed ANY interest. Leave it alone and let THEM decide when they are older.



And the "you can always take them out" thing just doesn't wash. When they are in for a long period of time, there will ALWAYS be scars, and you only have to ask around to realise they don't always heal over. I have a piercing in my ear I haven't used in about 15 years, and there is still a hole and a scar.



Let him decide when he is old enough to know what he wants. Fashions come and go. In another 15 years, when he really cares about how he looks, piercings may be unfashionable, you don't know. Don't make that choice for him.

Julie - posted on 09/29/2012

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I would definitely have both of his ears pierced rather than just the one.

Originally I just had my sons left ear pierced when he was a baby, at the same time I had his twin sisters ears pierced. Afterwards, I really wished that I had pierced both his ears. As soon as their ears had healed, I had my daughters ears double pierced, and had a second hole in my boys left ear and also had his right ear pierced.

If I had another boy I would definitely have both his ears pierced when he was baby, but it is up to each individual parent, although I think that it is really cute for a little boy to have his ears pierced, and most of my friends have pierced their boys ears as well.

One advantage if you get his ears pierced now is that by the time he starts school the holes will be permanent and wont close up if he has to take earrings out for sports.

It is good that you are thinking about piercing your sons ears at his age and I am sure you will love it when you get him pierced. Best of luck with your decision but I hope you get both ears pierced. Try and let us know what you decide to do.

Dove - posted on 10/04/2012

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I wouldn't pierce his ears. Then again I wouldn't pierce any boy's ears and my oldest daughter will be about 12 when her's finally get done.

Ashley - posted on 10/04/2012

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Sage I understand that but in the area I live I haven't seen a male with only one ear pierced in years I'm getting them done for sure I'm just not sure if I should do both or not. However I am open to waiting I just want them to heal before he's old enough to realize he can pull them out. And if he dislikes them you can always take them both or one out

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/28/2012

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Hm...lets see...body altering decisions made by a parent before the kid can even truly express himself...do I recommend it?



Nope, sure don't. Wait until your kid is old enough to ask for it himself. Why on god's green earth do you think that your son's ears need to be pierced anyway?



Go pierce your own and quit "worrying" about which one of your son's ears to pierce. When he's old enough to make some of these choices, and can ASK to have it done, then you can revisit the situation.

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Dove - posted on 10/04/2012

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And just an FYI... we had a neighbor with a toddler who had his ears pierced and we lived here a year before I knew he WAS a he.....

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/04/2012

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I agree with Jodi. What is it with parents who seem to think that, because it's THEIR child, they can make body altering decisions without consulting the person who's body it is?



Are you afraid, Ashley, that your son won't WANT his ears pierced, so you'll force it upon him during his infancy, so you don't get an argument? Or so that he won't go against the "image" that you hold of him in your mind? Why is it soooooo important that you pierce the child's ears?



My eldest looked adorable with longer locks, and I did consider getting his ear pierced...but only briefly. As soon as he got old enough to express himself, the first thing he did was ask for a haircut, and has worn it short ever since. When we talked about piercings, he told me that he was glad I hadn't forced one on him, because he would have hated it, since that's not his idea of "cool".



Let him get to the age where you can include him in the decision. It's only fair, since they're his ears, not yours. Actually, this somewhat reminds me of the ritualistic scarring, piercing, and stretching that some remote tribes still participate in...the children have no choice in the matter, and that is just not right. Kids do have the right to choose how to treat their own bodies, including piercings, tattoos, stretching, etc, and you really need to respect that!

Sage - posted on 10/04/2012

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I dont think he should get his ears pierced because its generally a "girl" thing, but I think he should wait to decide for himself. What if he gets made fun of because of a "girl" piercing. My recomendation is to let him wait as to when he is older and to let him decide for himself.

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