Child Abuse?

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Under: child abuse
Doug and I have been vacationing. Our destination was Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were in Minneapolis to see the NY Yankees play the Minnesota Twins, but as good tourists we had to take in other sights as well. The sights included a trip to the Mall of America.

While walking through the Mall a child's screaming caught my attention. A little girl of about 4 or 5 years was being wrestled into position to have her ears pierced. The child was totally distraught, the mother totally determined. I could not help but feel sorry for the child, even if she had said she wanted her ears pierced, it was clear she was not ready emotionally to make that decision. The store attendant was also poised to pierce those ears as soon as the child held still long enough. 

Ear piercing is not a necessary procedure. At best it feeds our vanity and at worst has risks for infection and torn ear lobes. Life holds many things for which we have no choice, but ear piercing is not one of them. Our granddaughter is two. She says she wants to take piano lessons and "will practice." What does a two year old know about practicing the piano? Nothing! She is not old enough or mature enough to understand that kind of committent. Neither was the child in the mall old enough to make the decision about ear piercing. Some children may be at her age. When she started screaming and behaving defiantly it should have been over. Take her home and wait until she is ready. In my opinion what I witnessed in the Mall of America was child abuse.

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Child Abuse?

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Under: child abuse
Doug and I have been vacationing. Our destination was Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were in Minneapolis to see the NY Yankees play the Minnesota Twins, but as good tourists we had to take in other sights as well. The sights included a trip to the Mall of America.

While walking through the Mall a child's screaming caught my attention. A little girl of about 4 or 5 years was being wrestled into position to have her ears pierced. The child was totally distraught, the mother totally determined. I could not help but feel sorry for the child, even if she had said she wanted her ears pierced, it was clear she was not ready emotionally to make that decision. The store attendant was also poised to pierce those ears as soon as the child held still long enough. 

Ear piercing is not a necessary procedure. At best it feeds our vanity and at worst has risks for infection and torn ear lobes. Life holds many things for which we have no choice, but ear piercing is not one of them. Our granddaughter is two. She says she wants to take piano lessons and "will practice." What does a two year old know about practicing the piano? Nothing! She is not old enough or mature enough to understand that kind of committent. Neither was the child in the mall old enough to make the decision about ear piercing. Some children may be at her age. When she started screaming and behaving defiantly it should have been over. Take her home and wait until she is ready. In my opinion what I witnessed in the Mall of America was child abuse.

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Child Abuse?

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Under: child abuse
Doug and I have been vacationing. Our destination was Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were in Minneapolis to see the NY Yankees play the Minnesota Twins, but as good tourists we had to take in other sights as well. The sights included a trip to the Mall of America.

While walking through the Mall a child's screaming caught my attention. A little girl of about 4 or 5 years was being wrestled into position to have her ears pierced. The child was totally distraught, the mother totally determined. I could not help but feel sorry for the child, even if she had said she wanted her ears pierced, it was clear she was not ready emotionally to make that decision. The store attendant was also poised to pierce those ears as soon as the child held still long enough. 

Ear piercing is not a necessary procedure. At best it feeds our vanity and at worst has risks for infection and torn ear lobes. Life holds many things for which we have no choice, but ear piercing is not one of them. Our granddaughter is two. She says she wants to take piano lessons and "will practice." What does a two year old know about practicing the piano? Nothing! She is not old enough or mature enough to understand that kind of committent. Neither was the child in the mall old enough to make the decision about ear piercing. Some children may be at her age. When she started screaming and behaving defiantly it should have been over. Take her home and wait until she is ready. In my opinion what I witnessed in the Mall of America was child abuse.

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Child Abuse?

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Under: child abuse
Doug and I have been vacationing. Our destination was Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were in Minneapolis to see the NY Yankees play the Minnesota Twins, but as good tourists we had to take in other sights as well. The sights included a trip to the Mall of America.

While walking through the Mall a child's screaming caught my attention. A little girl of about 4 or 5 years was being wrestled into position to have her ears pierced. The child was totally distraught, the mother totally determined. I could not help but feel sorry for the child, even if she had said she wanted her ears pierced, it was clear she was not ready emotionally to make that decision. The store attendant was also poised to pierce those ears as soon as the child held still long enough. 

Ear piercing is not a necessary procedure. At best it feeds our vanity and at worst has risks for infection and torn ear lobes. Life holds many things for which we have no choice, but ear piercing is not one of them. Our granddaughter is two. She says she wants to take piano lessons and "will practice." What does a two year old know about practicing the piano? Nothing! She is not old enough or mature enough to understand that kind of committent. Neither was the child in the mall old enough to make the decision about ear piercing. Some children may be at her age. When she started screaming and behaving defiantly it should have been over. Take her home and wait until she is ready. In my opinion what I witnessed in the Mall of America was child abuse.

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Child Abuse?

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Under: child abuse
Doug and I have been vacationing. Our destination was Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were in Minneapolis to see the NY Yankees play the Minnesota Twins, but as good tourists we had to take in other sights as well. The sights included a trip to the Mall of America.

While walking through the Mall a child's screaming caught my attention. A little girl of about 4 or 5 years was being wrestled into position to have her ears pierced. The child was totally distraught, the mother totally determined. I could not help but feel sorry for the child, even if she had said she wanted her ears pierced, it was clear she was not ready emotionally to make that decision. The store attendant was also poised to pierce those ears as soon as the child held still long enough. 

Ear piercing is not a necessary procedure. At best it feeds our vanity and at worst has risks for infection and torn ear lobes. Life holds many things for which we have no choice, but ear piercing is not one of them. Our granddaughter is two. She says she wants to take piano lessons and "will practice." What does a two year old know about practicing the piano? Nothing! She is not old enough or mature enough to understand that kind of committent. Neither was the child in the mall old enough to make the decision about ear piercing. Some children may be at her age. When she started screaming and behaving defiantly it should have been over. Take her home and wait until she is ready. In my opinion what I witnessed in the Mall of America was child abuse.

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