Piercings Aren't The End of The World
Ah yes, rebellious youth. We all had it in one way or another. I personally chose putting holes in my skin, dressing alternatively, and dying my hair every color of the rainbow. Now I am 22, and looking back all I can do is laugh. I was a good kid. I didn't get pregnant under age, or shoot up heroin. I just enjoyed expressing myself, and letting my outward appearance reflect the fact that I was different. I was shy, quiet, and creative. My parents never really had a problem with this. Then again, I didn't quite ask for their permission either. I've heard so many people talk negatively about those with a face full of metal. Here's my outlook on the whole thing.
By the time I was 17 I already had: my lip pierced (on each side), my labret, my medusa pierced, my tongue (pierced twice), my nose pierced (twice), my belly button pierced (top and bottom) & my ears gauged. Over time I grew bored with these body modifications, and eventually got rid of them. The best thing about piercings is that they're temporary. They leave minimal scars which are easily are covered with make up. Let your teenager do what ever they want, as long as its not permanent.
Believe it or not, these things don't effect the kind of person your teenager will be in the future. I am living proof of this. I am married to a wonderful man, a college student, proud house owner, and also a homemaker. I wore a lot of black, why? Because I liked it. I wasn't worshipping Satan or depressed. I just like simple colors, and I still do. My hair color still changes monthly, just as it did back then. Currently I only have a total of 4 piercings remaining, and I plan on keeping them. Maybe at some point I'll take them out (like when I become a soccer mom) but for now who cares?
What I am trying to say is allow your child to express themselves. Its the kids who are under strict control when they're young, that end up rebelling once they get older. If you're given the option to express yourself at a young age, the desire to do so more drastically will not be there when you're actually capable of doing so. Piercings are not the end of the world! You may not like what they look like now, but suck it up. Society now is different from how it was 20 years ago. People just don't care about these things anymore. Your teen still has every opportunity to make a name for themselves in the real world. Unless your child plans on getting a tattoo on their forehead, most changes are reversible. Don't freak out, piercings aren't the end of the world!