Moms Who Don't Let Their Kids Wear Tattoos Really Need to Lighten Up

Rant 71

temporary tattooYou know those cute little temporary tattoos for kids that come in all sorts of characters, shapes, and themes? The ones where you peel off the back strip, place it on their hand (or wherever) you're applying it, press a wet paper towel on it for 30 seconds and voila -- your kid's face light's up like a Christmas tree?

Yeah, well -- apparently not all moms think they're as harmless, innocent, and fun as I do.

Actually, one mom in particular even called tattoos for kids trashy and immoral. (Immoral?!?)

She's all bent out of shape because her 6-year-old came home from school with Valentine tattoos -- and she's planning on sending the teacher a note to make sure they're never sent home with her kid again.

Um, am I the only one who thinks this mom needs to take a major chill pill? (I mean, lighten up, lady. For real.)

My son is also 6 years old, and like every other kid his age, he loves temporary tattoos. He has ever since he was in preschool, and I've never had a problem letting him wear them whenever he wants, except at school where they aren't allowed.

He thinks they're fun. And cool. And I just can't understand why anyone would have a problem with a little kid wearing something that rubs right off (yes, they do) if it gives them a little bit of happiness. It's not like you're putting anything permanent on your kid's skin, so really, what's the big deal?

Darn. Now I'm a little bummed that I didn't think to send Valentine tattoos in the little treat bags my son and I made up to give to his class. I'll bet he and the rest of the first graders would've gotten such a kick out of putting adorable hearts and cupids all over themselves this weekend.

Do you let your child wear temporary tattoos? Why or why not?


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mande... manderspanders

I'm tattooed... so I don't have an issue with tattoos... but I can't say that I would let my child run around with temporary tattoos, either. If they came home from school with one, whatever... but it isn't something I'm necessarily going to encourage.  The thing I really hate about them is when they start wearing off, they look so damn grungy.

I prefer for my child to take tattoos seriously... that there is a time/place to display, that there are consequences to getting them, that not everyone accepts them.  I think temporary tattoos can be a good way to teach those lessons.

Nicho... NicholeJirik

i remember throwing the BIGGEST fits at the store to get them, and i have no problem with my daughter having them.

Coles... Coles_mom

I grew up in an ultra-religious home (women only wore dresses, long hair, and no jewelry), so my mom was like this. Sucked. I have a 6 year old and he is currently sporting a tattoo on his arm that he got from a valentine yesterday.  

tinyp... tinypossum

I don't care for real tattoos, personally, but I have no problem with temporary tattoos for my kids. They love them and they are fun. This lady definitely doesn't have enough to worry about. 

the4m... the4mutts

I have real tattoos, so it would be pretty damn hypocritical if I didnt let my kids draw on themselves, or wear fake tattoos.

If she didnt want her kid to have them, fine. But dont bother the friggin teacher with it! Just throw them away and have it over with.

amand... amandabananda

Agree with other, I have tattoos and so does DH, so it would be very hypocritical for me to say no!  I think it's fine, it's not permanent and a great way for them to express themselves.

nonmember avatar kendallsmommy

my 3 year old loves em & so does her almost 2 year old cousin. Sometimes i even put matching 1s on w/my girl. There fun but also she knows if we have something special 2 do like get pics done or its easter or something that we can't wear them. Other then that she can where them anytime she asks.

nonmember avatar kat

I could never get a real tattoo--I wouldn't be able to decide what to get! But, even now, in my early 20's, I still enjoy pithy temporary tattoos and henna. (My degree program holds a fair every year and hands out tiny temporary tattoos, which we're encouraged to wear on our hands and faces to show spirit.) I just rub off the temporary ones as soon as they start looking grungy, or at the end of the day, whichever comes first. I just don't get how they're trashy and immoral unless the image is something most people would consider as such.

stars... starshine81

I don't see any problem with these kind of tattoos.  They are a transfer image.  They don't have to go on skin, either.  My child prefers we put it on something else so she doesn't have to lose the image with soap and water.  She treats them more like a sticker.  If she did wanted to wear them on her skin, I would have no problem with it.  I think some people just feel like making a big deal out of a non issue.

nonmember avatar Katt

I grew up in a religious household, but my Mom still let me do temporary tattoos a few times for fun, or stickers on my arm. I never thought I would get a real tattoo, but losing my parents changed that idea. After a year of contemplating it, I recently got my memorial tattoo applied. My young son says "Mama there's a butterfly stuck on you, he needs to fly away." When he is old enough to understand, I will explain it further. I do not have a problem with temporary tattoos. They are fun. Kids are young and innocent for such a short time. Parents need to let them be kids and have some fun.

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