What do you think: Kids and tattoos

By admin
05 November 2014

We recently asked our Facebook SuperMoms how they feel about tattoos and if they would allow their kids to get one. Here’s their response...

We recently asked our Facebook SuperMoms how they feel about tattoos and if they would allow their kids to get one. Here’s their response...

What SuperMoms think:

Beryldene Solomons Of course not while she/he is still a child. I won't let them. I think when they're old enough and finished with school , but I would still try to talk them out of it if it's something extreme or if they want too many tattoos. In general though , I don't see anything wrong with anyone having a tattoo as long as it's not a child. They might regret it one day and blame their parents for allowing them to get it.

Kerry Wilson When they're a child no.. But when they’re an adult yes their choice.

Natasha Kisten-Skuce When they older they can ink away.

Joanne Groenewald Don't like them at all, but when she is old enough to make the decision there’s not much I can do I guess.

Audrey Gontse No ways. I will not allow it.

Shannon Erasmus Alston Over my dead body! Will my child ever get a tattoo!

Veronicah Ndlovu Metiso Yes, only if its appropriate and well hidden.

Cherryl Taylor They can ink when they earn a salary, I don't have any and I wont pay.

Charissa James-Mathee Not a child no.. but when I dont have to sign for her, its all good. Marlene Pillay Never. Angie Amm My boys can ink when they are men. 10 Things to do when your teen wants a tattoo

1.     Remain calm. Try to avoid screaming things like, ‘over my dead body’ and ‘have you lost your mind?’ or the ever-popular, ‘as long as you’re living under my roof you’ll do as I say.’ Those phrases are ineffective and over-used.

2.     Sit back and listen. Take notes, even. You are likely to uncover important insights about how your teen is feeling about more than body embellishment and you are in a much better position to continue with a calm, rational discussion.

3.     Say how you feel. If you do have negative feelings about a tattoo, your teen might be more willing to listen to them if you ‘own’ your feelings, rather than trying to put your values on your child.

4.     Compromise. Come up with a solution you can both agree on. Maybe you'd accept a small, well-hidden tattoo or he/she will agree to a trial period with temporary or henna tattoos.

5.     Talk about health concerns. Share your health concerns, but don’t exaggerate them. Pain is a given, and bleeding, allergic reactions and infections are a risk with any tattoo.

6.     Give them an example. Show them every old person with tattoo that looks faded and wrinkled. It will help them realize that tattoos do not stay colorful and beautiful forever.

7.     Give it time. Ask your teen to think about the decision for a mutually agreeable amount of time and promise to check back. Maybe your child will change his/her mind.

8.     Ask for a second opinion. You and your teen might find it helpful to talk to someone who has a tattoo to get a different point of view.

9.     Talk about individuality. Ask your teen to consider other ways to express individualism and independence, such as through writing, clothes or a hairstyle. It may help him/her to address individualism in less extreme ways.

10.  Talk about tattoo removal. Get your teen to read about the cost and effectiveness of tattoo removals. This will allow them to be open-minded and think about the long painful  process of laser or surgical removal before they make their final choice.

Sources: kidshealth.org, ruthpeters.com, sheknows.com

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