It’s not what you think.
My soon-to-be 4-year-old daughter just asked me if she could get her belly button pierced when she gets older. I never would have imagined that my response to this question would not only be shock, but a resounding NO. This reaction did make me feel like a hypocrite. I have sixteen total piercings and three tattoos. Of course, she only knows about the piercings in my ears and nose, but still. Part of what made me feel hypocritical is that she said she wanted the piercing because one of her teachers has a jewel in her belly button. I actually caught myself thinking, “What is the world coming to that teachers inspire kids to pierce themselves?”
Then I looked in the mirror.
Still, my answer is not for a very, very long time. I want her body to fully grow before she starts poking holes in it.
Truly a first world problem in the 21st century.