Angelina Jolie Takes Daughters Zahara, 6, and Shiloh, 5, to Get Their Ears Pierced


Angelina Jolie, Shiloh and Zahara

Angelina Jolie, Shiloh and Zahara

Angelina Jolie has recently ignited a storm of controversy by taking two of her daughters— Zahara, 6, and Shiloh, 5—to get their ears pierced.  While Shiloh changed her mind at the last moment, Zahara went through with the procedure and is now sporting a new pair of studs.  The online world, particularly sites geared towards mothers, has been buzzing ever since, with many mothers asserting that six year-olds are too young to get their ears pierced, citing the risk of infection.  Others have become inflamed by the suggestion that allowing a six year-old child to get her years pierced is irresponsible parenting, noting that in many cultures infant girls have their ears pierced shortly after birth.  Angelina Jolie, by this point no doubt immune to people scrutinizing her every move, has thus far remained above the fray.  The whole controversy does beg the question, however:  don’t mothers have better things to do than criticize how distant strangers raise their children?  All children are different, and thus should be handled differently.  In addition, I hardly think that the trauma of getting her ears pierced at age six is going to emotionally scar little Zahara for life.


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