A Storm has erupted across the internet as it was reported in the Mirror (UK Newspaper) that a petition is being signed to ban ear piercing of babies and small children. This picture above is of Little Baby Taylor from 2010. The blog post shares her ear piercing journey, which appears to be very painful and upsetting. She is 5 now and I would love to know whether she remembers it and/or likes her ears being pierced (but does that even matter)?
Some of the people who have signed the petition have made statements like this
- Smacking a child is abuse, so how come sticking metal rods through their ears is not abuse??!!
- This is something I, as a parent, decided that it was up to my children, not me, to decide if they wanted to have
- Pierced ears. To me it is an assault to have this done when a child is too young to even speak, or make this kind of decision.
Some people argue that ear piercing is for “cultural” reasons and this is true, but then so is Female Genital Mutilation and circumcision and they have there own controversial following too.
Should we all just be minding our own business and do what we want? Parent how we think fit? But then where do we draw the line? When does it become OK to step in and help parent. They say it takes a village to raise a child and maybe the internet is just one huge village.
By now you are probably wondering what my stance is on it – I am going to back out on this one and say I don’t have an opinion. I did not choose to pierce my daughter’s ears even though there was strong cultural requirements. She is now 7 and does not want them so it’s just as well I didn’t. She has a very strong personality so I would hate to think that I had manipulated her likes, fashion, style before she had a chance to decide what all those were.
So if you don’t want to pierce your child’s ears then check out these great DIY ideas.