Regarding circumcision for boys. My family did it routinely, it was the way things were done. My husband's family was the same, but he was born prematurely and the doctor told his parents to wait until he was older. By the time he was considered old enough, his parents were still paying off hospital bills and trying to keep their home. They decided to wait a little longer. No insurance back then, at least not for them. In the end they never had it done.
My MIL confessed that she always worried about health and cleanliness issues and the strangeness of it all. My husband remembers that during baths, she would insist on having him pull back the foreskin and really wash his penis well, maybe too well. He hated it and resented the intrusion. I assumed that happened when he was still a small child, but I found out from other family members she would invade his baths until he was in his teens to oversee the washing of the penis. It took the family doctor to tell her that someone of that age knows how to wash their body and leave him alone. Finally able to bathe alone, he ignored pulling back his foreskin and just washed however.
When I first got with him, I admit that the only other penis's (penis'?) I'd seen were circumcised and it was weird, but the damn thing worked just fine, if you know what I mean. Initially, we just had regular missionary sex. The first time he asked me for a blow job, I couldn't do it. His penis smelled nasty and there was some yellowish pasty stuff under the rim of the head. I got him to wash by making the cleaning of the penis into foreplay. It became our thing. Over time, he completely washed his penis without the promise of sex afterwards. Once, when drunk, he admitted that he ignored washing his penis because he resented his mother making it such a big deal that she insisted on overseeing the process.
Regarding pierced ears, my mother wouldn't allow it. She'd had pierced ears when she was a teen and once pulled a tight sweater over her head and the earring caught on the sweater. It tore through her ear lobe, which hurt like heck and the blood ruined her sweater. By the time the wound healed, she was done with earrings, and wouldn't let my older sister get it done. Big sis was quite the rebel, and showed up one day with pierced ears. She'd got a friend of hers to take her to a beauty shop. Mom acquiesced, and let sis keep them, predicting that eventually she'll regret it.
I had my ears pierced when I was 16. I was visiting my father and my step mother took me to have it done, I suspect as an FU you yo my mother. Horrible experience, the aftercare of taking care of newly pierced ears was a chore and I got a mild infection from not following the instructions correctly. I found that I was only occasionally interested in earrings and would wear the same pair for months on end. Eventually I stopped wearing them completely and let the holes close. One time I decided to reopen them and pushed the sharp pointed piercing studs through my ears by hand. Again, after a couple of years I took my earrings out and can't imagine bothering with them again.
I've offered my kids the option of having their ears pierced, but only after they got into their teens, and told them about the initial pain and the aftercare, but admitted that if you like earrings, it can be fun. My oldest elected to have it done, but eventually found it to be too much of a bother. She doesn't wear earrings very often, so I'm surprised that her holes hasn't closed up. None of my other kids have ever been interested in it.
18 hours ago, adidas said:
I begged daily ... and wore my parents down!
Same here! I also got mine pierced when I saw 8. I think my mom was tired of me asking. Then we both went to get our cartilage pierced when I was in the early years of high school and she eventually let me get a second hole in my cartilage as well. The begging worked yet again when I wanted my belly button pierced and she went with me when I was 17 to get it done. I got second holes in my earlobes on my 18th birthday just because I could. And then I got my nose pierced at 21. The only ones I still wear now in my mid-30's are the nose ring and first holes in my lobes. Haven't worn earrings in the second holes or cartilage in years, although they have not closed. I try them out from time to time...the belly button has closed.
21 minutes ago, allthegoodnamesrgone said:
I thought she was in the high 890k range low 900k range. I guess it was longer ago than I think that I really looked at the numbers.
Do you keep tabs on all the numbers? I'm curious if they are gaining or losing followers, especially JinJer as they have become so cringy.
I used to keep a closer tab but I recently stopped. Derick is the one that constantly loses followers. I remember Jeremy losing some too but not Jinger.
It’s funny, because I remember getting my ears pierced was such a big thing when I was little. But it’s just not a thing in my family now. I got my ears pierced when I was 9.
I think I brought the topic of ear piercing up with my girls when we were watching an episode of Dr. Pimple Popper. One of the patients regretted getting gauges and wanted to get them sewn up. My daughters wanted nothing to do with pierced ears after that, even though I told them it was nothing like getting gauges 😂. I rarely wear earrings, so maybe that has influenced them.
I had my daughters ears pierced as infants, it was just common at the time. For multiple piercings or non-ear piercings they were in their teens at their request. A couple of the boys also got piercings in middle school. One kept his and went on to get the ear gauges when older - that seems like more of an adult decision as they leave more than a tiny pinprick if they change their mind. I’m glad they can’t legally get tattoos until 18. Most of my kids (now in their 30’s) have several and that doesn’t seem like a decision that should be made lightly.
They’ve all handled ear piercing with their daughters in different ways - there are a ton of little girls in the family, I think the youngest was 1, most were 6 ish, 1 didn’t until she was 10. But out of 8 girls currently aged 4-11 I believe they all have pierced ears (maybe 1 doesn’t) .