Q&A: My high school daughter wants a tattoo. Do you have any advice?

Q: My high school daughter had come to me repeatedly asking to get a tattoo. Several of her friends have them. Do you have an opinion on this?

A: I think you have to share with your child why you don’t think this is a good idea. Obviously, one reason is it’s a life long thing and very hard to retract. I think I would try to put this off as long as I could—maybe tell her she can get a tattoo when she’s 21 when she’s on her own and can pay for it herself. So, you can push it out into the future until she gets a little more mature and decides for herself that maybe getting a tattoo isn’t a good idea.