Yesterday, on the way home from church, Naomi declared that she wanted her ears "pier'ed". I responded, sweetly and reasonably, that our family rule was that you have to be 12 to get your ears pierced.
Mimi responded that she could "pier'e" her own ear with a pin, "It wouldn't hurt at all."
I thought this through for about 2.4 seconds and decided it would be a good lesson to learn, and said "Okay, Mims. If you want to pierce your own ear, go ahead." There's no way, I thought, that a four-and-a-half year old can pierce her own ear. It will hurt when she pokes it, and she'll decide not to try it again.
Score one for the four-and-a-half year old.
Here she is with her supplies. John made her get an alcohol swab, just as a precaution, from the first aid kit.
She's poised and ready for action.Her will almost gave out, and she asked for help, but I said I wasn't going to help someone who wasn't 12 get their ears pierced.So she did it. To clarify, this picture was taken a couple seconds after the deed was done, when I had recovered from my shock. That large hand is indeed mine, but I am removing the pin, not placing it.
Parenting Lesson #483: Don't give your children permission to do something you really don't want them to do. (Even if you think they'll never do it.)