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Teaching Toddlers About Tattoos

Don't Tell Mom, the Babysitter's Inked

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.

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Lyngay Lyngay 8 years
Adorable! Toddlers are so cute when they turn your own lectures back on you. :p
kia kia 8 years
My young nieces have gone after my back piece with a washcloth and repeating "dirty, dirty" before. I laugh because it is cute but felt kind of bad for confusing them. Also doubly weird for them since they are Mormon and tattoos are not approved of in their ward.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
That's cute !
Moms Moms 8 years
This is a cute piece! I have a tattoo so I let me kids draw on themselves as long as it's with washable markers. If my children want real tattoos later in life, I plan on steering them towards henna!
Angelica Angelica 8 years
That's hilarious! You should print this one for the memory bank :)
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