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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.”

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