Few words have as much significance in any language as the word “mother.” Whether you call her mom, momma, mamma, or mum, she’s the one who raised you, loved you, and drove you nuts all through your childhood and young adulthood. We celebrate all those moms out there and everything they did – and continue to do – for us on the second Sunday in May, a day when we take the time to shower them with gifts and attention, just as they have done for us so many times in our lives.

So who is mom? Is she an ultra-conservative lady with neatly styled hair, who wears a cardigan and accessorizes with a single strand of pearls and matching stud earrings? No! Moms come in all shapes, sizes and personality types. We celebrate them on Mother’s Day not because of the way they look, but because of who they are all year ‘round.

If a woman likes to express herself with body piercings, and she happens to be a mom, then why not? And if a woman who has piercings decides to become a mom, then more power to her. Moms with piercings can actually use their life experience to help and teach kids about valuable life lessons! Below are just a few:

Being Who You Are: Being the best mom does not mean fitting into a mold established by society, but instead being who you are and teaching your children to do the same. If you express your faith with a cross belly ring, or let your star quality shine through with a decadent nose ring, then you are teaching your children not to be afraid of who they are or what they stand for, and that is always a good life lesson.

Reflecting an Approachable Demeanor: Being a cool parent does not mean being a bad parent. On the contrary, it means that your kids may be a little less reluctant to talk to you about difficult subjects and come to you when they face any of the problems that life can throw at them. Approachability is something you need to accomplish with your attitude and perspective on life, but it does begin with your appearance. Being trendy and hip can help kids better relate to you as a person, not just a parental figure. That’s something that can be valuable, especially during those difficult teenage years, when they seek the least help from their parents but need it the most.

Presenting a Positive Body Image: Kids coming of age often struggle with their body image, and that is a problem that can continue throughout adulthood. This is especially true for women, but can also be a challenge for men as well. A mom who is not afraid to wear a sexy belly ring on a beach getaway is showing that she’s comfortable with her own body. She’s cool and sexy, and not afraid to show it. In expressing her self-assuredness, she is also transmitting that confidence to her children.

Responsibility: Making wise choices and taking care of oneself is an important part of being a good parent, and moms who have piercings have the opportunity to show how they do exactly that. Choosing piercings that are tasteful and fit your profession and lifestyle are an excellent way to transmit this message. It’s also important to care for piercings in the proper manner, both when they are new – and still in the healing process – and well after. Kids who see a mom taking care of herself and being responsible with her body are likely to follow along in the same path.

Mom is wonderful because of everything she does for you, and that holds true whether she’s wearing an eyebrow ring or a bracelet. Honor her love for the ocean with a nautical-inspired body jewelry. Her personality is a big part of why she’s so awesome, so let her express herself with fabulous body jewelry. She has always been there to love and support you. She taught you to be yourself, and now you have the responsibility of showing others who you are, and hopefully, passing that self-confidence and love for artistic expression on to your own children.

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