At the beginning of last year's school year, Martha expressed the desire to get her ears pierced. She had been waffling about it for a number of years, but I didn't want to do it until I knew she really wanted it AND was motivated to care for it. Since she had such a terrible academic and behavioral year, I attached conditions to the reward of having her ears pierced -- she could have no Ds or Fs on her report card. That goal was never reached.
This year, since she's been held back in the sixth grade AND since she's getting more appropriate help with her learning disabilities, she finally achieved the kind of report card that earns rewards such as ear piercing.
Since Alice also had a wonderful report card, I extended the offer to her as well, and after some thought, she decided that she wanted to do it too.
After school today, we hopped into the van and headed for the nearest mall, where we found the ubiquitous Claire's Boutique and did the deed. Here's the evidence: