What’s your family-gathering protocol when it comes to the kids and less-familiar family members? Do you think forced affection is okay, or do you allow your child to choose?
Teri Ferreira “It’s my daughter’s body, and I’m teaching her consent, so she never has to hug or kiss anyone if she doesn’t want to.
She must greet people and be polite though. I get a lot of grief from older relatives. They either do the guilt trip, or they laugh in my face at how ridiculous I’m being. I don’t care. It’s important my daughter knows that she doesn’t have to do anything with her body out of guilt, obligation or pressure.” Nonkululeko Pertunia Ndlovu “I allow my kid to choose.”
Sarah Dan Steenson “My boy decides for himself. Also, I think if he barely knows them, I would stop him cuddling them anyway.”
Jason Carrie Helmholt “We don’t force our boys to do it. If they do, they do; if they don’t, they don’t. But I do wish they would.”