Oh look, guys, here’s something new for a change: a mom made a personal decision regarding her baby and now it’s news and everyone is judging her!
And what’s the controversial news topic, you ask? What could possibly be getting the Internet into a tizzy now and branding a mother “selfish” and an “idiot”? British mom of five and talk show host Katie Price — get this — pierced her daughter’s ears.
The daughter in question is 17 months old, and while Price has noted that ear piercing is actually part of her Spanish culture, the move is still facing criticism from parents who don’t approve. Comments on Price’s Instagram included:
“When you pierce a babies ears, it is only because you want too. Making it your choice and not theirs when they are old enough. All about control.”
“@officialkatieprice why get her ears pierced? 1. This is a choice she should have when she is older 2. She is a pure, beautiful little girl she doesn’t need tacky ear rings in and 3. Why unnecessarily inflict pain on her?”
“How can babies enjoy getting their eats [sic] pierced?!? It should be the child’s decision when they are older not when they are babies!! Can’t believe people still even do it!!”
“Ear piercing children is disgusting! Hope they are magnetic”
Because of the backlash, Price went on television to defend her decision, as so many mothers have done before her. Wait no, that’s not accurate. Still, she felt the need to justify her personal decision and that is something so many mothers have done before her.
Megan Bishop is one of those mothers, one of my best friends and a busy mom of four. Growing up with all boys herself and having two sons before she gave birth to her first daughter, Bishop had long ago decided that getting her baby girl’s ears pierced was going to happen.
“[It was] one of those ‘If I ever have a girl, it’s the first thing I’ll do’ type things,” she told me. So when she ended up having two daughters, both girls got their ears pierced as young babies.
She also had practical reasons for wanting to get her daughters’ ears pierced early on. “I wanted it done young so they wouldn’t mess with the earrings as they were healing,” she explains. But in today’s world of public parenting, Bishop admits that her decision was judged by a lot of other people.
“I did actually face quite a bit of backlash,” she says. “A lot of people don’t agree with it and think that it should be a choice made by the child when they are older. It was even compared to circumcision at one point.”
Look, I get it. It’s easy for us to focus on the little things that get our feathers in a ruffle — breastfeeding or bottle feeding, working or staying home, piercing or not piercing. But in situations like this, we really need to think big picture and ask ourselves, Will this decision negatively impact this child for life? No. No, it will not.
That being said, would I pierce my own baby’s ears? No. Frankly, I’m way too lazy to take care of earrings on a baby and it fills me with horror just thinking of the thing getting caught in a shirt or blanket or a brother’s finger. Plus, my babies seem to have abnormally fat heads, which leads to their shirts essentially squeezing off their chubby cheeks, and throw a fresh wound into that, and I just can’t even deal with it. So baby earrings are out for me. But that’s just me.
When it comes right down to it, it’s a personal decision and really not that big of a deal. It’s probably a bit uncomfortable for the baby for a fleeting minute, sure, I’ll grant you that. But I can’t imagine that piercing a baby’s ears would be any more uncomfortable than getting squeezed out of a birth canal or getting a shot or maybe even teething. So I think it’s safe to say we should all back off from parents who decide to get their babies’ ears pierced and redirect our parental outrage to something a bit more productive. Like perhaps a collective parental agreement to train all children to learn how to clean up after themselves?
Or maybe even just flush the toilet regularly. That would also be something I would support.
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