In regards to the girls getting tattoos in South Beach, well I just don't understand why a person wants to be marked up, not to mention that it is permanent. I've heard that statistically, if you can talk a person out of getting a tattoo when they are between the ages of 16-25, odds are they won't get one later. I actually feel sick to my stomach when I see a person covered in tattoos. For some reason, I can't even bring myself to touch them.
Ashley and McKenzie are adults and can do whatever they want to do with their bodies. Their tattoos are small and I'm thankful that they got them on their feet and that they respected us enough to wait until the legal age to receive a tattoo. To each their own, but tattoos just aren't for me -- George feels the same. We have the same parenting style. I can tell you that if Ashley or McKenzie were under age, we would have had their tattoos removed and the artist fined!
Going back to parenting...it is such a pleasure to be on the same page with George. His rationality balance out my emotions. It is a great combo and our children are thriving with the consistent structure that we are able to provide. Often, when you are trying to raise your children alone during divorce and you have a different parenting style than your ex, children often want to migrate to the parent of least resistance. I feel this bouncing back and forth of children is a great manipulation tactic for the avoidance of discipline and consequences and will ultimately lead to a downfall of our society. Think of it as one parent offering candy and the other offering broccoli. Some one actually said, "just sweeten the broccoli"! Ahhh, if if where only that easy! Parenting is much easier when you have someone backing you up, supporting your decisions and helping you keep your children accountable. I am happy to report that all of our children now love broccoli sans sweeteners!