Liberals in this country will apparently do anything to degrade and destroy the traditional family and the values that go along with it.
Not only have they advocated that parents allow their children to choose their own gender, but now it’s apparently inappropriate for grandparents and other family members to show affection toward a child without that child’s consent.
A writer for Scary Mommy recently argued that kids own their bodies, and therefore must give consent before receiving hugs and kisses from Grandma.
“Teaching children about consent is crucial, so why do some parents still insist their kids hug and kiss relatives even if they don’t want to? As consent and bodily autonomy become a bigger conversation, there are those speaking out about how we need to give children agency over their own bodies — even if it means turning down hugs from grandma and grandpa,” Valerie Williams wrote.
Except, as pointed out by PJ Media, children inherently do not have complete, autonomous control over their own bodies and lives; that’s why they are children and need adults to take care of them. That’s why adults make 99.9 percent of the decisions in their children’s lives.
What’s next? Your child doesn’t want to give “consent” to taking a bath, so you let him or her run around unclean for a week? A month? Indefinitely?
Or what if your child doesn’t “consent” to receiving medical care, such as taking medicine or receiving a shot? Does he or she still have “bodily autonomy” then?
Yes, we should be teaching our children that it’s OK to not let people touch them if it makes them uncomfortable, but banning Grandma and Grandpa from embracing their grandchild doesn’t exactly seem like the right way to do that.
The Scary Mommy article related these encounters with loving adult relatives to making “sexual choices” later in life.
In particular, the writer quotes Katia Hetter, a CNN feature writer, who argued that allowing grandparents to hug and kiss their grandchildren at will is akin to a girl having sex with a boyfriend just to “make him happy” even if she doesn’t want to.
“Would you want your daughter to have sex with her boyfriend simply to make him happy?” she asked.
However, there is a big difference between letting Grandma hug her granddaughter and a teenager or young adult having sex with someone if they don’t want to.
Besides, there comes a time in a child’s life when it’s appropriate for a parent to teach them about saying no to unwanted sexual advances and respecting other people’s bodies, but something tells me that trying to teach that to a 5-year-old whose grandparent wants to hug or kiss them isn’t exactly that appropriate time.
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