My parents won’t allow me to get a piercing

Dear Helpline,
I want to get a piercing but my parents won’t allow me to get one. I’m 16 and I think it’s unfair. My friends told me to get one anyway because my parents will make a big deal when I get it but will quickly forget about it. I’m torn. Should I take my friends advice?

Dear Anonymous,

Whilst I understand you feel that you are old enough to get a piercing, you need to understand that you are not of mature age yet and some things will just have to wait. Perhaps your parents have forbidden you to get a piercing for now because of their religious views, location of the piercing, or believe you are not old enough as yet. You need to remember, that regardless of personal beliefs, you must adhere to their given rules. It is tough, I am cognizant, when you are getting older, and parents place certain restrictions. However, you will get older quicker than you have imagined. Of course, growth should not be an excuse to dabble into every, and anything; you need to be wise.

Should you take your friends’ advice? I am positivethat you already know the answer to this question; it is wrong. Consider this: has there ever been a time when youasked an individual to refrain from doing something, yet still they did? I am sure you were peeved. Now, consider how your parents will feel when they clearly stated that you should not get a piercing. Furthermore, if you go against your parents’ wishes, you most likely will be deprived of certain things.I am sure you do not want that.

You also need to be careful of the company you keep. Careless advice from your social circle can get you into unwanted confrontations with your parents and place you in a lot more trouble. Ask yourself, are these good friends who made a careless remark? Or are these friends who continuously feed you negative advice? If it is the latter, then I strongly suggest that you find better company.

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