This morning, she asked why some babies have their ears pierced but I didn't pierce hers.
Although this is not a 'hot' topic of debate in our society it does bring up an interesting question regarding body autonomy and how we parents make decisions on behalf of our children - from picking their name to choosing how to educate them. We, unarguable, have a lot of control over our children and their development.
Many more people are taking the stance that male circumcision is completely unnecessary and abusive to a young boy's very sensitive genital tissue - causing unnecessary pain and essentially removing foreskin that serves many positive purposes. Is there evidence to suggest possible benefits to circumcision, yes, however, we're not here to debate that today.
So this morning, in response to my daughter's question as to why I didn't pierce her ears my answer was very simple. Because they are her ears. And if she wants, and when she feels ready, she can have them pierced.
Bottom line - it's her body, and I want her to know that.