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Source: the london studios

Mother Wants Parents to Ask Babies for "Consent" Before Changing Diapers


As a parent, it's kind of difficult to divorce yourself from the idea that you can physically force your kids to do something if they're not being compliant — as long as it's for the right reason. When my 3-year old doesn't want to go to the bathroom in the morning to get ready to go to school, I'll often scoop him up and carry him to the bathroom and sit him on the toilet, telling him how uncool it is to be such a mope.

The act of doing anything against a kid's will and physically overpowering them to do so, even if it's gentle, is an issue that's being brought up by more and more people. Even something as simple as horsing around, play wrestling and fighting with your kids. I know when I play with my kids, I just want to go full-blown Elmyra from Tiny Toons and hug them and kiss them and squeeze them and tickle them.

Apparently though, doing that without their consent could be psychologically damaging and setting up dangerous precedents. My son is old enough to talk, so I taught him to say, "No, stop, I don't like that!" But what about kids who can't express themselves yet?

Are they expected to just feel helpless and that someone can do whatever they want with their body at any given time? That's what Russell Brand and Lottie Daley, a friend and PR consultant to the performer, are arguing.