Most of the time we are pushing our shy kids to be friendly towards our friends and relatives. What we do not know about it is that pushing them to hug or kiss a new person gives them a wrong message about consent.
Internet got abuzz with a meme spreading like wildfire. It was a picture of a little girl that read “I am 5. My body is my body. Don’t force me to kiss or hug.” Excerpts of the article “I don’t own my child’s body” involved most of the parents out there in to the debate. In her article, Katia Hetter, has pointed out that forcing them to be affectionate to unfamiliar individuals promotes behaviour that will leave them vulnerable to abusers.
Please share your ideas on how you think it might affect your children.