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All my friends have their belly button pierced and I did it too. Is there something wrong in fitting in?

Question: I recently got my belly button pierced and my parents are freaking out. But all my friends did it too! What’s wrong with trying to fit in with my peers? Teentalker , 17-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

It seems to me that your parents are freaking out over a couple of things – one, that their little baby girl is all grown-up and is beginning to make her own choices, and two, that you went off and did something as painful as piercing your belly button all by yourself!

Here are a few active steps you can take to help yourself:

  • Help yourself feel understood by chatting about your choices with your parents – this will ease them into the process of you growing up too!
  • Explore your identity – what matters to y.....

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