Ask Dr. Meg: My 22-year-old son is asking for advice

Ask Dr. Meg: My 22-year-old wants a tattoo! Here are practical suggestions for advising your adult child.
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April 22, 2019
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August 1, 2016
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Hi Dr. Meeker,

I love your podcast! What can I say to my 22-year-old son? First he wants a tattoo, and lately, he has been asking if he can get a motorcycle. I'm stressed.


Dear Mom,

First of all – how wonderful that your 22-year-old is still taking your advice! The truth is, he’s a full grown man and most men do what they want without their mother’s consent.

My rule of thumb has been to pick battles wisely.

The motorcycle should be strongly discouraged because in my view they are death cycles (sorry to all readers who are motorcycle fans.) I’ve seen far too many deaths or serious injuries from them. That leaves the tattoos and since many teens and young adults love them, give in.

Dr. Meg Meeker, MD

Practicing pediatrician, parent, grandparent, coach, speaker, and author. Say hello @MegMeekerMD

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