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Does This Mean I Have to Have Glasses Tattooed on My Face?

By Meghan Gesswein |

Your kid has something “different” about them and you want to make it better. So does mine. I understand that you don’t want them, even for a nano second, to fell different than other kids. You’d do anything take away any moments of self-doubt or feelings of inferiority.

But what, exactly, can you do to make them feel less self-conscious?

If you take a page from Philippe Aumond and Camille Boivin’s book, you get a tattoo that matches whatever it is about them that’s different.

That’s right. These parents, from Quebec, each got a realistic looking tattoo of an insulin pump after their son received the real deal when he was 3 1/2.

As they explained it

He adapted pretty quick, but one time he told me that he felt different and he was wondering if he was alone in the world, you know, wearing a pump…Before we had the pump, I think the way he felt is that having shots was just a little part of his day and nobody had to know. But then now, he was wearing a pump, and people could see it and people were asking questions and I think that’s what bothered him a little bit. So he felt really alone.

I’ve heard of parents shaving their head when a child loses their hair to chemotherapy or a medical condition, and this takes that idea one step, or one giant leap depending on how you look at it, further.

Would you do something similar for your child? Have you done something similar for your child? Luckily for me, I already wear glasses, so I don’t think I will need to visit my friendly local tattoo artist any time soon.

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Photo Credit: STÉPHANE GILBERT/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Meghan Gesswein is a stay at home mom to three boys. Most of the time. Meghan is extremely active online, and writes for the ever growing mom blog, Meghan GWine. She was a regular contributor to the Parenting channels on Babble.

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17 thoughts on “Does This Mean I Have to Have Glasses Tattooed on My Face?

  1. Daisy says:

    Tattoos are not really my thing but I applaud these parents for helping their son adjust to his “different” thing in a unique & meaningful way.

  2. Mel says:

    I have no idea how this is supposed to help the kid. If this was my kid we would all make paper mache “insulin pumps” and carry them around in the same manner. To tattoo one is ludicrous, and I feel like a fun project coupled with a real prop would be 1000 times more beneficial to the child.

  3. bsg says:

    I think it’s wonderful! This little boy will have this pump, or something like it, for the rest of his life. I would do this in a second to make my child feel more normal.

  4. Julie says:

    Definitely something I wouldn’t do but to each his own! It would be interesting to check in with this family when their kid is a teenager and get the teens reaction.

  5. Sarah says:

    I think it’s incredibly sweet. Look how happy he is to not feel alone anymore! People get tattoos all the time, I don’t understand why it’s ludicrous to get such a meaningful one, instead of, oh say, a heart with wings on it.

  6. nicc says:

    @ Mel….. untill u have a child with such health issues, u will never understand. when a child is this different that other kids/people say things, u want them to feel as normal as possible. i would tattoo this on me in a heart beat, i know what it is like to be the “different” kid. and i know many of moms and dads who would have done the same thing!

  7. Kati says:

    Mel, to each his own.
    You’re opinion is it’s “ludicrous”, i think if someone likes tattoo’s then whatever, its their body.
    It’s not like they got someones name tattooed on them.

  8. Cait says:

    @Mel, to each his own. When this kid gets bigger and realizes what exactly they did for him, he will feel nothing but love; a sense of wow! If my child ever has something that causes low self esteem or him to question whether or not he’s alone, I will do everything in my power, including going above and beyond, and/or out of the ordinary to make sure he feels okay with it. Even if means altering my appearance, or life as I know it. Maybe you wouldn’t get a tattoo, but what these parents have done is great. And with whatever you chose to do, that would be wonderful too!

  9. Yvone Scott Partin says:

    I love this! I feel that going through the pain show their child they feel for him. I love when parents get involved this way!!! Last year my daughter fell and gave herself a big bruise on her leg and was very upset about it. So I got out my make up and had her clor a bruise on my leg too so when we went to the park we where twis and it made her feel alot better to wear shorts.

  10. Amber says:

    Is pump is permanent, as are their tattoos. I think it’s a sweet sign of love and commitment to their child. Hells yeah, I would do it for my own children!

  11. Dana says:

    My son has special needs and if I could figure out a way to make him not feel “different” I would. When you have a child in this circumstance you will go above and beyond to make them feel better. I hope I would have the courage to do this for my son if it pertained to him. Good for them!

  12. Jen says:

    I think its wonderful. I have a daughter with a life threatening illness and I have already said that the day she feels self conscious about it I would in a heartbeat get a Mic-Key tatted on my tummy but instead of the word Mic-Key on the ring having her name. If she has to live with it for the rest of her life, I can live with it for mine. I think its kind of lousy to judge or speak in a condescending tone about parents in this situation. You wear glasses….so does a large percentage of the worlds population…but how many can say, “My child has an insulin pump, or a chemo pump, or my child will feed for the rest of his/her life through a tube in the stomach.” Unless you are put in that situation, you don’t know how you would react to bring as much normalcy to the childs life. Its a tough choice to make on how to deal with your childs health issues and differences. AND BY THE WAY, I have always been anti female tattoo…but for her, I would do it. It’s not like I’m getting a meaningless rose on my boob or the same tribal on my lower back at 18 as every other girl I graduated with got on their 18th birthday. It something that has meaning, its something FOR YOUR CHILD…

  13. Lauren says:

    I think this is great! I am also a Type 1 Diabetic and wear an insulin pump – so far, my two daughters do not have diabetes and I hope it stays that way! That being said, I would be willing to do anything to help them feel more self-confident and I applaud this family.

  14. looloosmoommy says:

    I agree until you have a child w a medical condition, you can’t understand. Unfortunately there is nothing like this that I could do for my daughter, I wish there was. But I make my niece feel much more “normal” . She just recently had a cancerous tumor remover which left a very lager scar, and she is ecstatic that mine is larger lol.

  15. Meghan Gesswein says:

    @Jen- I’m sorry you think I was judging or speaking in a condescending way about these parents. Just to clarify – I think what they did is amazing. My son wears glasses, and yes, while a lot of people around the world wear glasses, not a whole heck of a lot of 4 year olds do. So, yes, it’s something that makes him different and it’s something that could get him teased and made fun of throughout the years. The title of this post wasn’t meant to be condescending, I was just relating what these parents did to my life.

  16. Amanda says:

    Damn right I would. It’s not like I don’t have a ton of ink already. My daughter or son got chemo? Head shaved and who cares what others think.

  17. Brittney says:

    Umm ludicrous!?! Really?! How can a parent say something like that, if you are one.. And yes I’ve heard of parents shaving their heads to be bald with their children who are suffering from cancer.. This is what’s wrong with our society when people stop parenting and looking out for the children. I just don’t understand how some can be the first to instill the insecurities in their OWN children/ child rather then step up to the plate and help them through it…

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