After much thought, kind wisdom from you guys, discussions with hub etc. we decided to allow daughter of 13 to get her one piercing, the bellybutton, because it's usually not seen and if it leaves a scar, well, it's her belly button, not her face. At the same time she went, her friend got her nose pierced. These are NOT rebellious problem children, which is the reason I allowed it. Although hub and I are the final word, we always talk to our kids about decisions and she did make a good case for herself, insisting this was for fashion only and not at all a point of rebellion and that she is scared of "those kids." Plus she is hardly doing it for sexual reasons--she has no interest in sex and often says she wants to wait until she's married. Ugh. Hub and I decided her point was valid...she really is a good kid and we decided to allow it as long as she paid for it herself out of her babysitting money. So now my daughter has a pierced belly button. I am the proud mother of a daughter with a pierced belly button. Ain't we special?