...at least not any time soon!
As a parent, I believe it is my responsibility to love, protect and educate my child, among so many other things. Even beyond all that, raising a child is full of so many choices. What type of diapers to use, where to send them to daycare, when to call the doctor when they're sick and the list goes on and on...and on.
But, there are some choices that I don't believe are truly mine to make.
I want her to be the one to make the choices that will affect her body.
From body piercings to tattoos even to plastic surgery (oh my) those type of choices should be hers and hers alone. Will I be there to help her make these decisions? Yes! Will I give my opinion? Yes, to a certain degree! Will I keep her from making certain decisions that I think she's not quite old enough to make? Definitely, Yes! There will be some that I don't mind (e.g., ear piercing), and potentially others (e.g., belly button piercing, tramp stamp, etc.) that I won't be too fond of. Ultimately, it's my job to teach her that her body is a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and to have faith that she'll make good choices concerning it.
In case you're wondering...will I feel the same way if I have a son? Yes, even in relation to circumcision. But that's another post for another day :)!
Please note: Although your thoughts and/or criticism are more than welcome, please know that I pass no judgement against those who choose to make certain choices for their child(ren) and I expect the same in return. All of the above is a personal choice. The way that I've chosen to raise my child(ren). It's just a matter of recognizing that there isn't just one way to raise a child!
Her Body, Her Choices...
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