Well, before you need go any further, you should
know that I did pierce my daughter's ears. Not me literally, but,
you know what I mean. I knew when I found out I was pregnant with a
girl that she would get her ears pierced.
What's the big deal, you ask?
She is just shy of six months.
There are a lot of parents out there that feel that
because it's the child's body, they should choose if and when to
pierce their ears. Most of those beliefs are from people that live
in the United States and are not of other nationalities. They are
totally allowed to have their opinion. I respect it and mine should
be respected as well.
If you are from another country or cultural
background, it is customary to pierce a baby girl's ears. In fact,
immediately after a girl is born, she most often receives her first
set of earrings. My daughter's first gift was from an uncle/family
friend and guess what, it was her first pair of beautiful 3mm
diamond earrings. I wanted to put them on immediately, but I needed
to follow local law: Babies must have a tetanus shot first. But
trust me, in the homeland, they don't wait for any shots and many
babies leave the hospital with earrings in place.
Well, I waited and she got her shots. Then it was
decision time. Do we, as her parents, make the decision for her and
get her ears pierced, as we are accustomed to? Or do we wait for
her to be older and make that decision for herself? I decided to go
with my culture and upbringing and pierce her ears. I mean, who is
to say that a six-year-old makes wise decisions anyway?
If she chooses to take them out one day and have
the holes close then that will be her choice. In the mean time she
is ready to celebrate her upcoming six month birthday with earrings
in her ears.
Born and raised in Chicago and it's northern suburb, Cecilia is a traveling hockey/soccer momma, a business owner and a crazed Thrifty Home D.I.Y blogging fanatic documenting it all as her alter ego on homewithkeki.blogspot.com.
See more of Cecilia's stories here.
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