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Contemporary Parenting Questions


Last updated on 12/10/08

What should I do if my child wants to get body piercings?

Body piercing has become so popular in the past few years that it is almost impossible to walk down a busy street without seeing individuals with a pierced ear, eyebrow, lip, nostril, or tongue. Ear piercings are common for girls of all ages, but many teens go through a stage where they want piercings in other parts of their bodies.

Teenagers must be encouraged to think long-term when considering tattoos or body piercing. Regardless of what practices their peers are taking part in, teens must realize that what's considered "trendy" today may not fit what they want for themselves later on in life. Encourage your teen to make a mature decision, and then support her and teach her how to respond when she faces that dreaded peer pressure.

In the Jewish Community

If body piercings are not readily accepted in the secular world, one can correctly assume that body piercings are definitely not deemed acceptable in the religious Jewish community. Teens in the Jewish community who get body piercings are individuals with problems that extend far beyond their outward appearances. A parent that is truly concerned about his child’s piercings should speak to the teen and figure out what prompted him to take a step further away from the Jewish community.

Use the following links to educate yourself about body piercings. Learn about the health risks related to body piercings and how to discourage your teen from getting one. Find out what to do if your child got a body piercing without permission.

Frequently Asked Links

Why do some teens want body piercings?

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Are there any health risks related to body piercing?

Is body piercing dangerous?

Can body piercings create a social stigma?

How can I discourage my teen from getting a body piercing?

How can I communicate effectively with my teen about body piercing?

Do minors need parental consent to get a body piercing?

What should I do if my child got a body piercing without permission?

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