A couple of years ago, when asked, I told the girls they could have their ears pierced when they turned 10....totally arbitrary age, honestly I just didn't really want to mess with it. Several of Emma's friends had their ears pierced this year. So when Emma said she'd like her ears pierced I said we could talk. She was shocked and dropped the subject entirely...for a few months. Then at the beginning of summer the discussion came up again, and Eleanor wanted in on it. I agreed to getting their ears pierced at the end of summer if they were responsible and earned responsibility points for things like taking care of their teeth and hair. They absolutely were responsible girls this summer and so today they got their ears pierced. None of us cried, not even me!