Is Willow Smith too young for a tongue piercing? Whether it is real or fake, parents of daughters understand that modesty is important regardless of your spiritual beliefs. Tongue piercing to my knowledge has always been directly related to sex, told that it enhances sexual pleasure when a woman gives oral sex to a man seems a bit uncomfortable and out-of-place for a child to wear.
Even if this is not what was meant by it (and I’m sure it was not), are there some things that should be deemed age appropriate? For example, it seems that this generation has more permission to get tattoos (under the age of eighteen), than any generation than I have ever heard of. I do believe that age appropriateness is necessary when deciding what our children are able to partake in.
Take the Janet Jackson style for instance. My daughter wants the nose ring chain that traveled from her nose to her ear. I think it is sexy, and for that reason I do not want my daughter with it. At this time, it is not age appropriate for someone to look at her and think “sexy”.
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This does not mean that some may not already think this. She is definitely experiencing all the attention that I experienced at age sixteen, but this is a time of learning where I teach her about herself, her value, her body and how to handle tough situations.
I think allowing her to wear this ring in her nose to ear combo will invite additional attention that may be more than she is mature enough to handle.
On this blog we talk about awareness, prevention and healing from emotional and child sexual abuse. It is befitting to warn parents that sometimes we have to be careful just how “free” we allow our children to express themselves. We are put here as parents to be guides, offer correction and to make the uncomfortable choices that could impact our children.
I am not saying that they cannot express themselves at all, however I would caution that some freedom that they want could harm them, and that is why we are hear to offer our love, support, discernment, correction, and teaching.
I hope that with all parents, including Will and Jada, they are teaching their children how to handle the attention that will come from extreme eccentric-ism.