Miss A has been badgering me to get her ears pierced since she was around three years old. I made one of the biggest parenting mistakes at the time she asked me, and put an age on my answer. “When you’re eight you can have your ears pierced”.
I forgot all about it, until Miss A asked again and again, and she remember me telling her she could have them done when she was eight, so I had no choice but to honour my answer with her.
The last year or so has been the most exciting for her as she knew on her seventh birthday, that her next birthday was the one when she could have earrings.
I wasn’t sure if Miss A was ready to have her ears pierced, and I really wasn’t sure if she would look after them. She barely brushes her hair if she thinks she can get away with it! Still I had to stick to my word and go through with it. She surprised me in a great way and had prepared herself for what was about to happen. She’s spoken to friends in her class so she knew what to expect, and she wasn’t phased that it might hurt.
Her favourite colour is blue, so it was no surprise when she chose the small turquoise studs. I think they look a lot prettier than the large gold studs I had when I had my ears pierced. Mind you I had to wait until I was sixteen to have mine done and my Mum wouldn’t budge on that. I also had to wait until the start of the Summer holidays so the six weeks would be over in time to go back to school when they could be removed or changed if needed.
Mind you, now the recommendation is to keep earrings in for six months to allow the holes to remain. The six weeks still applies to keeping the same earrings in and cleaning them three times a day.
I did warm Miss A before we had them done that if she didn’t look after them, or they became infected and had to be removed because of her messing around with them, they we wouldn’t be having them re done and she would have to wait until she was a lot older. She has accepted that, and two weeks in, she is being very responsible. She has her own tape in her PE bag for school as she didn’t want to use the tape provided by school incase it had someone else’s germs on it, and she reminds me when we need to clean them every day.
I have been very impressed with her responsibility and just wish that it would carry over into room cleaning and chores!
On reflection, I think eight years old is a good age to have ears pierced, after all it’s the age that swimming pools allow you in unattended (although I’m not sure I would trust her in water alone yet), and cinema’s allow over eights’ unattended into a PG film.
I have learnt however not to put an age on the question that is “When can I have a mobile phone?”
When did you have your ears pierced? Or pierced your children’s ears? When is the right age to have your ears pierced?