It's not like I stalk fitness trainer Jillian Michaels or anything—it's just that I own every single one of her exercise DVDs and I DVR'd the entire season of her reality show so I could watch it over and over again. Whatever. In any case, I wasn't exactly surprised to learn the star allowed her 4-year-old son Phoenix to get his ears pierced. Because as anyone who is obsessed with, er, interested in Jillian knows, she isn't exactly conventional in her approach to parenting.
Consider an episode of "Just Jillian" in which the fabulously fit mama told her kids that they should talk about poop as much as they want, in spite of what their teachers have told them. I mean, let's just say that having Jillian Michaels as your mom would basically rule.
In this case, the badass Michaels, who co-parents Phoenix and an adopted daughter named Lu with her fiancée Heidi, shared on social media that she let their son pierce his ears. Why? Because he wanted to.
Michaels posted a photo of the tot's new look to Instagram along with this caption, "The little man works on his selfie skills. And yes, he got his ears pierced. His sister got hers pierced and he wanted his done. I wasn't about to say 'that's for girls.'"
Fair enough, Jill.
Of course, critics immediately took to the Internet to attack the star, saying in the comments section of a People magazine story about the topic that she should have told Phoenix earrings were for girls, and that he is way too young to have anything pierced. Commenters also pointed out that setting limits is an important part of parenting. A valid point, and words I pretty much live by.
Yet, I sometimes wish I could be more go-with-the-flow in my approach to parenting. After all, kids are only young once. Why not smile, laugh, and enjoy that time? Further, I often admonish myself for how uptight I get about the way things are "supposed to be." I think I, and the world, could use more Jillian, and less judgment.
Would you allow your son to get his ears pierced?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.