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teenmom14
teenmom14 asks:
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Why is my 14 year old writing on herself, hands and feet?

agree faces, symbols, letters
In Topics: Physical Health, Teen issues
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Nov 15, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

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Younger children write on themselves to experiment the feel of the ink on their skin and to see how it looks on them. As kids get older, teens may write on themselves as a way of self-expressoin. It could be that your daughter's friends are doing the same thing. Especially since tattooing has become a norm in our society, many teens see it as an art form or as a way to express their beliefs and their personal identity.

It does not sound like it is a problem unless of course you feel the symbols she is drawing are inappropriate or vulgar in any way. You can keep discouraging her from writing on herself because some ink is not healthy for the skin. Encourage her to wash the ink off before she goes to bed or goes out. If she and other teens are doing this at school, the teachers may crack down on it and eventually prohibit them from doing it at school.

If you would like to speak with a counselor about this in more detail, please call or e-mail our Hotline. We are here 24/7 for parents and children of all ages. Take care and best wishes to you and your daughter!

Cynthia, Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
hotline@boystown.org
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DonDon
DonDon , Student writes:
she might be doing thisas a way of self hatred. i've been there:'( drawingthings on yourself can let anger out, give her a note book instead? or a diary?...
maybe she could have something on her mind and is waiting for a chance to talk to someone:')?

hope i helped, dondon<3! xxxxx
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haileycolt
haileycolt writes:
Talk to her, writing on you body can lead to forms of self-harm but it is also used in recovery from self-harm because it allows self-expression with out actually harming the body.
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