‘I let my 15-year-old get a tattoo and don’t care what people say about it’

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Wanting a tattoo is a pretty normal part of your teenage years, but in most cases youngsters have to wait until they’re 18 due to a lack of parental consent.

And, even when they do get ink as an adult lots of parents are upset about it.

Well, that wasn’t the case of Diana Register.

She explained to Kidspot that she allowed her 15-year-old to get a tattoo – and has no regrets about the decision.

Diana did say that she thinks it’s too easy to walk into a tattoo parlour and get body art for no reason.

And, she accepted that many teens who get tatts probably would grow ip to regret it at some point.

But, she allowed her daughter Kaitlyn to get a tattoo that honoured her father who died of cancer when she was just 13.

Diana said that she wasn’t sure about the idea at first, but was persuaded by her daughter and how brave she was following her dad’s passing.

Chad died of pancreatic cancer leaving behind two daughters and his wife.

After his death, eldest daughter Savanna got a tattoo of the Roman numerals, ‘I IV IX’ (149) – which was Chad's police badge number, so Diana understood that Kaitlyn wanted something similar.

Diana explained: "I started thinking about the meaning and it was so much deeper than just numbers.

"You see, after his valiant fight with his disease, his badge number has become synonymous with strength, courage and hope.

“That’s what it means to me, and clearly what it means to my kids."

She added that when Chad died, Kaitlyn held his hand as he took his last breath "much in the same way that he held hers when she took her first.”

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Diana added: “As for me, the day before he died, I asked for a copy of his ECG.

“I have his real heartbeat tattooed on my foot so every time I look down I know he’s with me. It’s part of him that is still alive.”

Diana added: “So yes, I let my 15-year-old get a tattoo and no, I don’t care what anybody has to say about it, because they have shown me, you, and anybody else who will listen to what surviving looks like.

They get to show that off however they damn well want to.

“They’ve earned it.”

For more on author Diana Register, check her out onFacebookandInstagram.

  • Tattoos
  • Parenting
  • Cancer

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