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Published: Friday, April 26 2013 2:04 p.m. MDT

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Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

He could show them pictures of young "cool" kids with tattoos and then show them when they're older and how the tattoo is sagging, how it's really not that cool, he can also tell them that they can pay for the entire cost, or you can start off at an early age and have your kids respect you enough that they wouldn't want to do that out of respect for you.

To the left wing nut jobs that doesn't mean beating them or threatening that they won't go to heaven.

As a parent it makes it alot easier when you haven't done it; and explain to the child your reasons why.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@ Liberal Ted: Most people who get tattoos know that it will look different when they are older - but since your skin is going to sag and be disturbing to look at with or without the tattoo, why let that stop you?

And the whole point of teenage rebellion is to go against the things your parents have taught you are proper - and a great many really good parents have children who rebel against them.

Which is where an alternative strategy like this comes in. I told my teenager about this - the initial response revolved around doing something that would embarrass us as parents, until reminded they would have the same one and have to live with it also. The reaction then became there is no way they would embarrass themselves. That is the beauty of a plan like this - it fully puts it back on them.

(And since most teenagers have a job, cost is not a deterrent.) (As for parental consent, kids seem to get around that - even here in Utah.)

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