When to get your daughter’s ears pierced can be a big decision for many parents. For some cultures, piercing a baby’s ears is as natural as birth. For others, parents set a specific age, often times in the double digits. It’s a personal choice. Since I’m not really that into body piercing (didn’t get my ears pierced until my big sis and boyfriend dragged me into the piercing pagoda at age 16!), my only rule is that my daughter needs to be old enough to take care of it herself.
So Ansley is now 8 1/2 and has been nagging for a good year and a half. I decided to tie it around an incentive program for her to improve her grades. I’ll do anything to get her math scores up! You can bet she delivered and then some! The very day her report card came out, conveniently on a Friday, she had already arranged for her entire entourage to accompany her to the mall that night for the big event. I have to say, I was quite impressed with her strategery. She naturally invited her b/f/f’s but she made sure the one who had already gotten her ears pierced was top of the list. Brillz at such a young age!
Surprisingly, I hadn’t done a lot of research on this. In fact, I had done none. Everyone I know who has gotten their ears pierced has gone to a Claire’s Boutique. So we packed up the girls and decided to make it a pizza outing as well. SouthPark is the closest location to me and I just assumed you could walk on in. Normally you can, however this night, the ear piercing gun was broken. Are you kidding me? Isn’t that their main source of revenue? My disappointed crew hopped back in the car and headed down to Carolina Place. Note to self: next time, call ahead! By this time, it was getting pretty late and the ‘lil miss party planner herself was getting cold feet. We arrived at the 2nd Claire’s location and I think this was a blessing in disguise. We were greeted by the store manager and assistant store manager, which made me feel like we were in expert hands, not just the evening high school help. The staff at Claire’s was extremely professional about the entire process including liability waivers, parental consent, gloves, the whole shabang. They also dotted her ears with marker first to make sure the holes were even. Now it was time to rock and roll. And Ansley was definitely nervous and got out of the chair.
I certainly didn’t want her to feel like she HAD to do this. This was 100% her doing. I stood back and watched the power of girlfriends kick in. The only thing I said to Ansley was “Sweetie, don’t feel like you have to do this. Remember, this was your idea. The only thing I’ll tell you that may help you make your decision is this. I’m not coming back ANY time soon for a do-over.” That said, she reached for her friends’ hands and squeezed tight. This is the coolest part. Her friend who already had pierced-ears coached her the rest of the way, while her other friend contemplating doing this sometime soon herself just listened in awe. Her friend gave her an example of the pressure by pinching the skin between her thumb and pointer finger. She told her it would hurt for a second and then it would stop. Right then I nodded to the managers and they simultaneously did both ears. That was another thing I did not even think about but was thankful for the expertise at Claire’s. The managers sensed Ansley’s apprehension and without even asking, stood by both ears at the same time. That was key in my opinion. My best friend’s daughter in Florida was inspired by Ansley but her ear-piercing place did her ears one at a time. Well, sweet little Karlyn is walking around with only one daisy earring and feeling completely defeated. So make sure you request both ears at the same time.
I would highly recommend Claire’s at Carolina Place Mall. For a complete list of Claire’s locations, click here. There is a cool free-standing Claire’s Boutique in Stonecrest too, which may have been a better choice with lots of kid-friendly restaurants within walking distance. Our outing turned into a sleepover too since we didn’t roll out of the pizza place until 9:30p. But it was a success. And Ansley couldn’t be more proud. I did ask her if we had done one ear at a time, would she have agreed to the 2nd ear. Her answer: “no-way, hurt way too much!”
So Smarties, how did you decide whether or not to pierce your daughter’s ears? What age do you think is appropriate? Where did you go – Claire’s can’t be the only place? We’d love to hear from you!
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