The Decision

I truly hope it ends up being the right decision, but I have decided not to pierce Virginia’s ears. I just don’t feel like the benefits outweigh the risks. Also I have prayed and prayed about it and it just doesn’t feel right.

Thank you to all of you who shared your stories and experience with me! It really helped with my decision.

January 20, 2009 - 11:45 pm Katie - I'm glad you've chosen this, at least for now. Frankly, I'm a little shocked. I consider piercing infants' ears to be similar to circumcision. I wouldn't say it's quite as bad as circumcision, but it violates the child's right to choice and can lead to mutilation in the form of scarring.

January 22, 2009 - 10:11 am Michelle - I wanted to do my daughter's as soon as we brought her home from India (at 20 months) but then with all the medical testing, blood draws, and repeated doctor visits, I decided not to put her through it. She finally asked when she was four so we did it then. Our second daughter also asked to have it done when she was four. It seemed like a good age for us. A lot of people we know wait until the girls are old enough to clean their ears themselves. You were right in praying about it...if it doesn't feel right then that's your answer. Blessings, Michelle

January 23, 2009 - 4:57 pm Sara - I'm just glad you're posting more often! I love hearing how things are going and seeing pics of sweet Virginia.

March 7, 2009 - 10:38 am Pam - Unlike you, I decided to have both my daughters' ears pierced at three months. I was a bit worried about the older one having it done but she hardly cried and has always looked really lovely with a tiny gold stud in each ear. When our younger daughter came along it was a much easier decision - in fact after our positive experience with our older daughter, we had the younger one done automatically. They are now five and three years old and love their earrings so we are really glad we decided to have them done as babies. The good thing is that it is up to parents how to decide on this.

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