My 12-year-old daughter has been asking to get her cartilage pierced for well over a year now.
Having done it myself about five years ago, my initial reaction was, why not? After thinking about it a little more, I decided it may be best to wait. Mostly because I remembered the three months of discomfort that followed!
Her father is totally against it (I won’t go into the main reason he gave her for saying no, so as not to offend anyone else), but I have come to the conclusion that if she still wants it that much, I would like to let her get it done.
First of all, it’s not a permanent mark. If she changes her mind, she stops wearing an earring and that’s the end of it.
Secondly, it doesn’t appear to be a whim on her part. As I said, she’s been talking about it for quite some time, so it’s not as though she’s asking just because a friend did it.
Thirdly, my daughter is very responsible and quite mature for her age, and I believe that she will take care of herself as she should (especially after waiting all that time!).
I am pretty sure that I will surprise her for her 13th birthday (in March) and take her to have her cartilage pierced. Hopefully we can convince her father by then, but, if not, he’ll just have to get used to it!