Originally Posted by matts_mamamama
I don't have a daughter, but if I'm blessed enough to have one, my dh and I will decide if and when it is right to have her ears pierced. Since I think that the best parenting is what's best for us and our family, that will be the end of the discussion. I'm sorry to see so many people so judgemental; I mean, for heavens sake, you could compare cutting toenails or hair to ear piercing if you wanted to get so technical!
I understand that it's a cultural thing. I still think culture is a poor excuse to put a child through pain and alter their bodies unnecessarily, but I can understand that cultural traditions are hard to break out of.
What I really don't get, though, is how this is a "best for me and my family" issue. Seriously - what stock do you and your family have in the piercing status of your daughter's ears. How would it negatively impact your family if they weren't done? I hear that argument in favor of circumcision all the time. IMO, once "best for me and my family" starts altering a child's body, it's no longer a family issue - it's an individual, human rights, bodily intergrity issue for the child.