In our family, we, as parents, tend to choose our battles and then make sure we win the ones we choose. So, when P asked for the nine millionth time to get a pink stripe in her hair, we said yes. She was shocked! But it is summertime...and it is hair. If we hate it, or it makes her start smoking and stealing cars, we can dye it back to her normal, beautiful brown pretty easily. And she is pumped.
The way we see it, it's what's on the inside that matters and we spend hours each day investing in their "insides" (heart and mind) so if they want to have some fun on the outside, we are ok with that...within reason. Piercings and tattoos will have to wait since you can't just part your hair differently and hide those. haha. ;)
And....with this "yes" I figure we've bought ourselves a truckload of free "no"s, right?