My kid had her ears pierced on the day after Easter. I was so proud of her and so sad too. She just had her 8th birthday and I told her "when she turns eight, if she had the guts to sit down and get it done, knowing it will hurt, then I approve". She didn't even flinch! Five minutes later she was near tears telling me it was starting to hurt. Good thing I gave her an Ibprofen right after the deed. I can't snuggle her like my baby anymore because it would hurt her tender ears and I have to remember not to tickle her so rough so that parts sad but she gets to show the family how grown up she is so that's good.