Skip to main content

Toddlers and Tattoos: How to Have a Productive Conversation About Your Ink


While tattoo statistics vary, they agree on one thing: tattoos have left the realm of alternative fashion into a more accepted form of self-expression. Despite the prevalence of tattoos, in many circles they maintain their taboo status. Depending on which circles you frequent, your tattoos can still spark judgement and debate.


Parents with tattoos seem to be one of those groups that experience unfair judgement because of their body art. Older generations and more conservative neighborhoods tend to associate tattoos with rebelliousness, laziness, and irresponsibility, which are three traits that are frowned upon in the parenting world. While you see your tattoos as art, others view them as definitive evidence that you are unfit to parent.


Although these judgements are unfair, they will end up sparking conversations between you and your child. When strangers draw negative attention to your tattoos and your child notices, how should you address it?


Introduce your body art philosophies


Everyone has a different reason for getting their tattoos. Some people are more casual about their decision and enjoy getting new ink spontaneously. Others believe in waiting at least a year before taking the plunge. Whatever your views on tattoos, talk to your kids about why you chose to get your tattoos, any regrets you might have, and the stories behind them.


Being open about your reasons behind your tattoos not only helps your child to learn how to make decisions concerning their appearance, it opens up your lines of communication and helps them to learn more about you.


Use it as an opportunity to talk about judging people for their appearance


We are lucky enough to live in a world where the common agreement is that it’s wrong to make decisions about a person based on their looks. Although society has come a long way, individuals still tend to make vocal judgements about a person based on looks alone.


If your child hears negative comments about tattoos, use it as an opportunity to illustrate how judging a person before you get to know them can be hurtful. A conversation about your tattoos can lead to helpful discussion about how race, handicaps, and other physical appearances can garner hurtful, untrue comments. Discuss the negative assumptions people make because of your tattoo and other ways that people make assumptions based on how a person looks. In this way, your tattoo paves the way for your child to gain valuable lessons on how to treat others.


Discuss healthy choices behind body modification


No matter the reason for your tattoo, the time will come in your child’s life when they will want to make their own tattoo and piercing choices. When they do, you want to make sure that they make smart and hygienic decisions to avoid infection or getting a tattoo that they regret.


Talk to them about the importance of researching quality tattoo artists and piercers. Educate them on the importance of sterile tools, using high quality materials and jewelry, and how it might affect them in their day-to-day lives.


Tattoos provide opportunities for unique conversations with your children. Use your tattoos to open a genuine and productive dialogue and help them to get to know you a little better along the way.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Copycat Boston Pizza's Bandera Bread

Have you ever had a craving for something but then once you looked at it you realized, I can make that myself for next to nothing? That's how I felt last night I thought about ordering in some food but then realized I really don't want to spend any money. I really wanted pizza bread from Boston Pizza. So I recreated it and oh my goodness was it ever good. Try some of these great recipes too!  Pizza Bread Dough 1 cup warm water 1 tsp instant yeast 1 tsp sugar 2 cups flour  Seasoning 1 tbsp melted butter 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion salt 1 tsp parsley 1 tsp rosemary 1 tsp basil 1 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp sugar 1. Combine the water, yeast, and 1 tsp of sugar in the mixing bowl and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the flour and salt and mix until a ball of dough forms. Roll ball onto a floured counter top and knead for a couple minutes.  2. Put dough in an oiled bowl and let rise for 30 mins in a warm place with a clean cloth draped over top. While your doug

DIY Table Revamp - Guest Post

Hi all! I'm Tiffany from This Motherhood is Brought to You by Xanax and I am so excited to be a part of the Guest Post Swap and to be Amanda's swap partner! I love love love her idea on how to make indoor snowballs with egg cartons. I am definitely going to have to try that with my kiddos since my smallest one has decided that it has to snow for Christmas. Poor baby doesn't know snow is hard to come by in Alabama :( For my guest post I wanted to share a little DIY with you guys that involves duct tape! A few months ago my daughter's little chair that goes with her table she sits at every day tore and she made it worse by pulling all of the stuffing out of the seat! What started out as a quick fix turned into a great idea. She loved her seat so much that she has now decided that her table has look cool too so being the smarty pants that she is, she tore her table!

3 HOME IMPROVEMENT TO MAKE BEFORE MOVING IN

While shifting to your dream house, you may face a mountain of pre-move work, including downsizing, packing, hiring moving trucks, and other help. When you already have a list full of tasks, home improvements for the new house might be the last thing. However, handling the new house renovation before moving in is convenient for you in many ways. Planning home improvement is exciting and stressful both. If you are moving to a house that is not entirely ready, you have massive things to do. To make things smooth, create a list based on priorities. If you are shifting to a freshly build house, you do not need to make a lot of renovation, though you can add a little personal touch to it. When you make house changes before moving in, you can save your floor and furniture from paint spills. You will have an open space to plan the house interior. You can protect yourself and your family from hazardous odors and dust. There are several home improvements like removing popcorn ceil