Tweens and tattoos

Tweens and tattoos (Photo via stock.xchng / May 5, 2013)

How do you keep your kids from doing things you don't want them to do? Barack and Michelle Obama try reverse psychology. The president told an interviewer on the Today show that's the approach he and Michelle are taking when it comes to tattoos.

“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you're going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we'll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo,’” President Obama said.

“And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that's a good way to rebel.”

Do you think that would work? I’m afraid if I tried that, my sons would call my bluff and I’d be sporting my first tattoo. I’m too old for that.

Liz Atwood is a former Baltimore Sun features editor who teaches journalism at Hood College. She is the mother of two sons, ages 11 and 16. 

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