Little Boys And Earrings

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I had my ears pierced as a baby. Of course I don’t remember getting them done, so I guess it’s a good thing I got them done so early. But. I also feel like a little girl should get her ears pierced when she is ready and asks to have them pierced. That could be age 2-whenever, it’s truly up to her. I feel like babies have their share of handling when they come into this world, the body mods for beauty purposes can be postponed. And once a little girl is ready to have her ears pierced, it can be turned into a celebration and she’ll always remember the day that she got her ears pierced and her first pair of earrings.

I saw a photo of a little boy no older than 5, who had his left ear pierced. It wasn’t all ridiculously blinged out. It was a modest stud. It complemented his adorableness. I didn’t do a double take (I actually sat there awwing) because I am all for kids being able to express themselves and have their own style. I don’t know if he asked to have his ear pierced or if it was the parents’ doing. Sea Salt Brownie points if he was able to make the decision for himself. Part of me would like to allow Jayden to pierce his ears if he wanted to at whatever age and Greg thinks if he wants them pierced, he should wait until tweenhood (when he had his done). At whatever age, though, we will celebrate it (with photos, video, and a special treat), maybe on one of his birthdays. He will always remember the day that he got his ear(s) pierced just as his future siblings (who may be girls). (No, I’m not pregnant).

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

17 Comments

  • Reply May 29, 2011

    Gerri

    My daughter is 2.5 years old, and since her birth I’ve heard from my mom and mother-in-law (over and over) as well as other family members about having her ears pierced. I had mine pierced as a baby, and that’s fine that my mom made that decision for me. I didn’t grow up hating her for it or anything like that. But I just couldn’t bring myself to pierce my little baby’s ears. That’s HER body. It’s not my place to decide something so invasive. So when she asks, it’ll happen. And guess what? That day will be special because it’s something that she wanted for herself. :)

  • Reply May 16, 2011

    Mandi

    I’m with you – I got mine done when I was an infant, but I’d rather wait to pierce my daughter’s when she’s old enough to understand and ask to have them done. My cousin recently had her son’s done – both ears. He’s an absolute doll and the earrings are cute too – but he already looks like such a sweetie, I hate to admit that having them BOTH pierced makes him look even more like a little girl… He’s only 2! He had the cutest black curly hair (mom’s white, dad’s black) but she just recently gave him a summer buzz, so that helps ;)

  • Reply May 12, 2011

    Steve

    I can’t agree with you more about turning the event of getting ears pierced into a celebration. I love thought of having her remember the day of getting her ears pierced and picking out her first pair of earrings. This is such a special time for her.

  • Reply May 11, 2011

    Gloria

    I wouldnt object if my son wanted his ears pierced (he’s 5 now). But my dad would go crazy! He’s old-school and thinks only gay men have earrings. He even made a fuss when I enrolled my son into dancing classes, can you imagine?

  • Reply May 9, 2011

    Sky

    I really wanted to get Pea’s ears done when she was a baby, but her daddy thinks she needs to wait until she’s 16. I’m guessing sometime this summer we’ll get it done, she’s already asking. Soooo excited!

  • Reply May 9, 2011

    painydays

    I got mine done at 5 or so. My brother was 8. He still wears earrings. Me? Rarely but glad I had it done. :)

    • Reply May 9, 2011

      ThisMomsMission

      My mom got mine pierced at the dr’s office when I was 4 mos old. Idk y people couldn’t handle a lil boy having one.

  • Reply May 9, 2011

    ThisMomsMission

    :) Jaedyn got his ear pierced awhile after he turned 2. Compliments him well.

  • Reply May 9, 2011

    Crissy

    Do you think a 2 year old girl knows if she’s ready to have her ears pierced, though? My almost-2-year-old boy thinks he’s ready for cookies and cake morning noon and night, but, I know he’s not lol.

    I had mine done when I was 5, I kind of feel like the child should be old enough to put them in/out and administer self-care (cleaning, etc.) first.

    • Reply May 9, 2011

      Sheena

      Kids are mighty mature these days. Kidding. If you think about the kids who have them done as babies, their parents are taking care of their ears, so 2 is still a contender in my book. At 5, I remember having a lot of help with mine. Regardless, they’ll need some assistance for a while.

  • Reply May 9, 2011

    Mae

    Decisions on piercing must be personal and a family thing. When I was a kid, I wasn’t asked, the piercing was already there so I want my kid to have a say when and how he or she can be pierced.

  • Reply May 9, 2011

    Stacie@ The Coupon Sista

    I think it’s best to wait until a boy is older. I thought it would have been cute to have my son’s ear pieced when he was younger and we decided we’d wait until his teens. Now that he’s a teenager, he doesn’t want it anymore. So, I’m glad we waited.

  • Reply May 8, 2011

    Cat Davis

    Body piercing is something Jon and I have discussed multiple times and we decided it should be saved for the girl’s to decide when they’re ready … maybe a birthday gift. But, it’s limited to one hole in each ear and no where else. Anything beyond that, they’ll have to wait until they’re 18. Now for our son, he will not be allowed to have anything pierced and he hasn’t asked yet either.

  • Reply May 8, 2011

    Linsey knerl

    Great convo. I was not willing to have my daughter’s ears pierced when she was a baby, mostly because I was a working parent who had her in daycare. I didn’t trust the facility to mind the care of them while I was away (plus I traveled for work, and days would go by with her at Grandma’s or with her Dad.) We had them pierced, at her request, around 8, but they got infected. I really think it was a hygiene issue at the time. We tried one last time about 2 months ago. Now that she is almost 13, she has the hang of it, and she loves them! So worth the wait to have her do all the care. It teaches her responsibility and makes it more of a “her” thing. Neat to hear how other parents have handled it.

  • Reply May 8, 2011

    Shelly

    My Chardie had her ears pierced at 6 months and Brie at 12 months. Glad I got it done early. They are earring fanatics! Now William on the other hand will have to be an adult to make that decision. I’m old school. Funny thing, Dwayne had an earring as a teenager and I loved it then. Now that we are older I could not see it on him. I think he stopped wearing one when Chardie was like 3 because she told him she did not like it. I do agree with Rachelle saying “Kudos to you for deciding to allow your child(ren) to make major decisions with your guidance when they are able” You are a great mom! Happy Mother’s Day!!

  • Reply May 8, 2011

    Rachelle

    We pierced my daughter’s ears early. Mine were done the same way. I guess it was tradition. My son, same age as Jayden, thinks earrings are cool. His dad and granddad have theirs done and wear diamond studs. I’m not a big fan :( I wonder what’s going to happen when he really starts making style decisions beyond rainboots or Spiderman sneakers!

    Kudos to you for deciding to allow your child(ren) to make major decisions with your guidance when they are able.

    • Reply May 9, 2011

      Jill S.

      I got mine pierced at 4, I don’t really remember it, other than I didn’t cry so I thought I was the bravest person ever!! We pierced Madison’s at 2, she knew it was happening, but I don’t think she’ll remember it, I haven’t asked her though, now I want to.

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