As a fairly laid back mom, there are few strict rules we have in our home, but one I hold steady on is using permanent markers on the furniture or themselves. I'll allow Crayola Washables around the house or finger paints in the bathtub, but Sharpies on the skin — no ma'am. I came up with this rule after my child so proudly decorated her hands with the black substance and walked around for days after with lines camouflaging her dainty fingers. When explaining the new lay of the land, I told her, "You can draw on paper, NOT on your body. No painting your body."
Having avoided any subsequent self graffiti, I hoped she understood my rationale. However, it was my babysitter who confirmed the learning for me. A lady of many tasteful tats, she texted me while my husband and I enjoyed our date day:
Ummm classic. Your daughter just saw the tattoo on my foot and told me I wasn't supposed to paint on myself and when I told her it wouldn't wipe off, she said, "Maybe you need a napkin" and brought me one. Wow. I am cracking up.
I guess our little talk worked. Now I'll just have to print this and save it for when she turns 18.