I Got My Daughter's Ears Pierced--What's the Big Deal?

June 14, 2010 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

This weekend while shopping for a new pair of earrings for my daughter, I was amazed by how strongly some women feel about children with pierced ears. Ironically, the woman who was supposed to be selling me the earrings was the one giving me the most flack about having pierced my daughter’s ears. “If I had a daughter, I would never mutilate her body by piercing her ears,” the saleswoman said. “That should be something she decides for herself.”

When I first had my daughter, I thought the same thing–save for the mutilation part. Ear piercing is really not that serious, in my opinion. But when she turned 6 months, I changed my mind and decided to get them pierced. My reasoning was that she wouldn’t remember the sting–okay, the downright pain–of getting her ears pierced. As expected, she cried for about three minutes right after they pierced her ears, and then it was over. She never fussed with them and didn’t give me any trouble when it came time to clean them. If given the choice to go back and redo things, would I do anything differently? No, I don’t regret getting her ears pierced when she was so young.

Now, don’t get me wrong–I understand why some moms choose not to get their infant daughter’s ears pierced. But I think it’s personal choice. I don’t judge you for not getting your daughter’s ear pierced, so please don’t judge me. If she doesn’t want her ears pierced when she’s older, she can take the darn things out and let the holes close.

But I’m wondering, is it really that controversial? What’s the big deal about getting your little girl’s ears pierced? No one gave my mother or her friends hell 30 years ago for piercing their children’s ears, so when–and why–did this become such a big freaking deal?

If you’re like me and chose to pierce your daughter’s ears, avoid those judging stares at the jewelry shop by buying your little girl some earrings online. Here are the ones I bought for my daughter:

And because we couldn’t leave you out, mom, here’s the best personalized jewelry for moms.

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