By Kevin Hedrick, Vice President of Residential Services
Teenagers and Tattoos
As parents we often must choose our battles with our teenagers. My wife and I often discuss letting our children make decisions for themselves and facing the consequences of those decisions. We also discuss not letting them make decisions at a young age that could negatively impact them later. In my opinion, allowing a 14-year-old to get a tattoo is one of those decisions that could be regretted later.
I don’t have anything against tattoos or people that have tattoos. I do think putting a permanent piece of ink on your body for the rest of your life is a big decision with consequences that need to be well thought out.
Long-Term Decision Making
Teenagers do not always understand the consequences of their decisions due to the lack of frontal lobe development in the brain…..at no fault of their own, they do not have fully functioning brains.
As a grown adult, I do not have the same life interests, loves, passions, or desires I had at 14 years old….though I thought I had life figured out. Therefore, I would not recommend a 14 year old putting a permanent tattoo on their body knowing that most times as adults we think differently than we did at 14 (and as an adult we now have a fully developed brain).