Children should not be forced to hug anyone.

This entry is from a blog for breeders, so I am not recommending it at all, but… to see an entry that is so clearly and sharply anti-childism is so surprising that I had to share it. This is amazingly good advice for parents!

To be fair, I recognize the reasons why some parents or guardians would want to—shall we say—enthusiastically encourage their children to hug relatives and family friends. Hugs are positive, right? They instill trust, good will, and healthy connections to the people closest to you, right?

Of course they do – when they’re given consensually. And even four-year-olds have bodily autonomy, and therefore, the right to consent (or not)…

I implied this in above points, but I’ll say it outright now: Your child is not your Mini Me. They’re their own person, however developing and in-training they may be emotionally, mentally, or physically.

Which for this article means that their comfort zone may vary from yours.

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