Monday, August 18, 2014

Parenting Pointers: Teens & Tattoos

My brother got a tattoo when he was 17. He had wanted one since he was 15. Many states of laws that set a minimum age for tattoo parlors, and whether or not yours does, there are some things you can do to help make sure it's not a spur-of-the-moment decision they'll regret.

  • Be honest about your opinion of tattoos. If your kids show an interest in tattoos in their teen years and you are against it, let them know why. They're old enough to let that weigh in their decision, and it may help them consider placement and theme carefully.
  • Have them sketch out an idea of what they want. Wait a few months, and have them sketch out an idea again. If they have the same basic idea, they're ready.
  • Make sure they're responsible enough for after care (sun protection and things like that).
  • Have them pay for it. Tattoos can be expensive, and they'll consider it more carefully if they know it's on their own dime.
  • If they like the idea of a tattoo but can't settle on a theme, consider henna. Henna stays on the skin for several weeks and is a good temporary alternative to tattoos.

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