I wish I had taken a leaf out of Scarlett Johansson’s book and pierced my daughter’s ears while she was little. Rose Dorothy Dauriac, Johansson’s daughter with husband Romain Dauriac, is just 18-months-old and recent photos of her show that her ears have been pierced.
Some feel that the piercing of baby’s ears is cruel. I say it’s much crueler to wait until they are older.
Johansson isn’t the first celebrity to pierce her daughter’s ears. Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z, was shown with pierced ears at the age of two.
I casually mentioned to my husband one morning that we were off to get Caterina’s ears pierced and he was horrified.
“I’m getting Caterina’s ears pierced today.”
“No you’re not,” he said. Then he threw this at me. “You always say if one of us feels really strongly about something to do with our children gets to decide. Well I’m totally against it. She’s way too young.”
“So when can I do it?”
“When she’s old enough to make the decision herself.”
So I waited. I waited until she was six. I took her to get her ears pierced at a reputable local establishment… and it was terrible. It hurt her a lot more than she expected and then one of them became infected. And in a case of shocking timing I had just signed her up for netball and she had to take her earrings out before each game, or put band aids over them.
She was in constant pain and eventually stopped putting them back in. Now the holes have closed and I am left to say “I told you so” to my husband who vetoed it when she was younger.