how to discuss body piercings with children: tips for parents

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Parenting comes with its own set of challenges. No matter how much you think you know about your child or how well equipped you believe you are as a parent, situations will arise that test your limits and throw you off balance. Parenting also changes as your child grows and develops into individuals with their own views and preferences, which means that parent-child conversations also require revamping at different stages. 

With so many parents eager to find ways to support their child’s development, it’s safe to say that body piercings have become quite the trend among the younger generation these days. While some might worry about the implications of such an action on their child’s future prospects and social acceptance, others might be more curious about what it entails. Either way, it’s a topic worth discussing with your child if you feel that this is something they would like to do in the future.

Talk About the Basics

When you first bring up the topic of discussion, it’s best to start with the basics. Ask your child what they know about piercings. What styles have they seen before? Where would they like to get it done? What does it involve? In order to give your child a well-rounded conversation about the process, you should first be well-rounded yourself. Parents should also get familiar with the terminology associated with this type of piercing. Knowing the difference between the different types of piercings, such as an ear rook piercing, will help you better prepare yourself for your child’s questions and better react to any concerns they might have. 

While you’re at it, you should also familiarize yourself with the potential risks and benefits of this kind of piercing. You might be surprised to learn that your child isn’t as familiar with the facts as you think. By being prepared with the facts, you’ll be able to address better any concerns your child might have about the process.

Discuss the Potential Risks and Benefits

Exploring the different potential risks and benefits of body piercings is a great way to detail what will happen when you decide to pierce your child’s body. Start by asking your child what they like about the idea of body piercings and what they think the main benefits will be. It’s also essential to ask your child what concerns they have about getting pierced, no matter what age they are. 

You can then discuss the potential risks associated with body piercings, such as the piercing causing an infection, problems with healing, and how long the piercing will last.

Ask if Your Child Has Any Questions

By the time you finish explaining the risks and benefits, your child might already be sold on getting a piercing. In this case, you’ll want to ask if they have any questions about the process. If not, you can move on to other topics, but if your child has some burning questions, it’s best to answer them as soon as possible. 

Some of the questions you might expect your child to ask include: Where can I get it done? At what age do I need to wait? How much does it cost? How painful is it? How will this affect my relationships? All of these are valid questions, and the sooner you respond to them, the better equipped your child will be to make an informed decision.

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top advice for moms to be when preparing for their bundle of joy

It’s a scary and exciting time when you find out you are expecting a baby. It can be an overwhelming experience with all the build-up to the birth. But it can be a lovely time as well, as you prepare for your newborn. Here is some top advice for moms to be when preparing for their new bundle of joy to arrive in their life.

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Meet up with other moms to share ideas

If you have never had a child before, you might feel a bit unsure about what you exactly need for your baby. It’s normal as you might not have been surrounded by children in your life. Therefore, the best way to get clued up on everything you need to know about your newborn is to talk to other moms. You might want to speak with your own mom for advice on your baby. Additionally, you can also meet new people by meeting up with other moms to share ideas. You can easily find baby groups you can attend where you can speak with other mommies. Also, meeting moms to be will allow you to all share ideas on what you should buy for your baby. They might grow into strong friendships, and your kids might be friends as they grow up.

Research online first before making any purchase

When you first enter the child section in Wal-mart, you might feel overwhelmed at everything they sell. After all, it’s hard to know what items you need for your baby. Therefore, before making any purchase, you need to research online first, so that you know it’s the right item for your baby. You don’t want to buy a pushchair and then wish you chose a more practical one for your newborn. When looking online, you can often find which items are trending for babies. For example, you may read about Britax travel system, the hottest travel system this year. Therefore, by researching online, you will have a good idea of what would be ideal for your baby.

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Don’t be afraid to ask the midwife questions

A lot of us have burning questions about our newborn and are unsure of who to turn to for help. After all, you can’t rely on sites online to give you information for your baby. Therefore, when your midwife comes to visit, you need to make sure you are asking her for help. She will be more than happy to advise you if you have questions. After all, she is there to ensure your pregnancy goes well, and the baby has a healthy upbringing.

Prepare for the birth of your newborn

Of course, every birth is different, and it’s hard to plan what will happen on the day. But you need to prepare a few things before the day arrives. For starters, you need to pack your hospital bag, so you are ready to go. You should also choose who you will want to attend the birth. Some women like their moms in the room, as well as their partner. Getting all these small details ready will ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. You can read about my birth story in this previous blog.

Remember to ensure you get stocked up on diapers and wipes before your newborn arrives.

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