3. Allow children to choose their symbol
If children are old enough, and mature, parents could let the child choose the symbol. For example, a son heavily involved with baseball could choose a catcher’s mitt or mask as his symbol for his father’s or mother’s tattoo. Even if the child changes interests, a parent may still wish to have a reminder of special memories from the time the child was interested in the tattoo symbolized activity. Best bets are to stay broad, such as using music notes to symbolize a child playing an instrument, just in case he or she changes instruments.