Over recent years, parenting has become a huge topic of debate.
Many parents believe in being strict with their children when it comes to curfews, mobile devices, what they watch on TV, and who they hang out with. Other moms and dads have become more relaxed, however, giving their kids more freedom as they move through adolescence.
The latter rings true for mom Diane Register, from Idaho, who allowed her fifteen-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, to get a tattoo. However, the story behind the tattoo makes it clear as to why she allowed it.
Of course, there are no written rules when it comes to bringing up your children, though many parents would probably wince at the idea of someone under age permanently inking their skin. Diane, on the other hand, has defended her decision to let Kaitlyn do so.
Writing for Kidspot, Diane explained the thinking behind her decision, making it clear that the tattoo was of huge sentimental value to not only Kaitlyn but the whole family.
The tat, which shows the Roman numerals “I IV IX” (149) on Kaitlyn’s left foot, is in honor of her father, Chad, who passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer a few years ago.
The numbers were her father’s police badge number.
“I couldn’t think of a more beautiful tribute,” Diane wrote, “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.”
Other parents who may have originally opposed the idea of a fifteen-year-old getting a tattoo may change their stance after realizing what it actually means. It’s not like we’re talking about a huge tribal tattoo covering an entire arm; it’s in fact a subtle, easily hidden reminder of her bond with her dad.
Diane continued to write, “So yes, I let my fifteen-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 what surviving looks like.”
Diane also noted that Kaitlyn’s older sister, Savanna, has the same tattoo.
“They get to show that off however they damn well want to,” she added. “They’ve earned it.”
It’s clear that to Diane, Savanna and Kaitlyn, Chad was their hero. All 3 of them are unwilling to let their husband and father’s legacy fade away, and whichever way you look at it, the tattoos are a beautiful tribute to him.
After being with Chad when he passed away, Diane described Kaitlyn as “her father’s daughter”, such was the courage they both shared.
“She is a beautiful example of the fighter he was,” she said, “In the midst of all the change in her own life, she managed to continue to honor her dad.
“And in my mind, that makes her a true warrior.”
Surely Diane doesn’t need to defend her daughter’s tattoo anymore? Even for the strictest of parents, they must understand how this is okay… right?