If this is the worst thing she does, we are WAY ahead!
For the last two years, our sixteen year old has been begging to get her cartilage pierced. First, we said no; when you are 18 you can do what you want. Then, hoping it would get her to be less lazy, we told her if she could pull off straight As (haven't seen them since 7th grade), we would take her to get it done.
A couple of days ago, Howardmy spouse was dropping her at school (he had an appointment a couple of blocks away, and she asked him again; he said yes (can you say, sleeping on couch?).
Last night, the child came home from her friend's house with her cartilage pierced. The friend has done this at least a dozen times, and I expected this. In fact, I asked my daughter if her friend had pierced the cartilage before I saw her ear (I always trust my "mommy sense").
She asked me if I was mad; I said no, I am very disappointed. Well, the D word turned on the waterworks. The spouse and I discussed it; as long as she keeps it clean, and pays for a doctor's visit if it gets infected, we will let her keep it.
Only 16 months until college!
Robin in Chicago