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I have an aversion to my 9 yrs. old daughter getting her ears pierced.  She says, "I want my ears pierced."  I say, 'We'll see how you feel tomorrow.' And I hope that she forgets tomorrow.

This has been going on for a month.

I'm not really clear on why I don't want her to have her ears pierced.  Do I feel that this act of decoration will lead to her growing up too fast?  No.  Do I feel that the next step will be wanting to wearing make-up?  Not really.  Do I envision her hanging out on the play-ground with the tough kids, wearing leather pierced here-there-and-everywhere and smoking?  Um... maybe. 

No, no,  no.  There's no smoking on our playground!  (I know this because it's a wide-open area with no hiding places and tons of supervision.  If a child sneezes there's someone there with hand sanitizer, so no, there's no smoking on our playground.)

I had my ears pierced when I was 17.  I think it was 17.  Oh yea, it was, because I remember when it was time to change my earrings from studs to something cool I had my friends over to help me and we all had haircuts that were slightly "Flock of Seagulls" looking.  THAT was age 17.  Oh Lord.

She's very responsible, loves to be fancy, so I should agree to this.  I believe she's ready to have her ears pierced.  The idea still catches in my throat.  We'll see how she feels tomorrow.

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