Magazine article Working Mother

To Ink or Not to Ink

Magazine article Working Mother

To Ink or Not to Ink

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Your teen is clamoring for a tattoo. Your reaction? No way! There are safety issues (a risk of hepatitis) and legal issues (minimum ages in some states), not to mention that tattoos are pretty much permanent. But before you decide- and possibly your kid heads to the parlor sans consent- consider these questions from Sonya Frazier, a family mediator in Florida.

Is there another way? Your creative child expresses herself best through painting and wants to kick it up a notch with body art. Have her draw a picture of the tattoo she envisions; squirrel it away for three months, then ask her to draw it again. If the drawings match, suggest a trial run with henna, which has some- but not everlasting- staying power.

Is there a good reason? Kids who've lost a loved one or survived an ordeal often want to memorialize it. This can be an appropriate tribute, but children need to finish grieving first. Seek the services of a mental health counselor for your child to ensure that she's properly processed her loss and that her tattoo won't have tragic associations. …

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