A mum who urged parents to stop tickling their children as it’s “child abuse” has divided opinions.
The unnamed woman claimed that if you’re ever tickling your child and they ask you to stop, you should do so immediately – even if you’re playing or they instigated it.
She explained that it’s about consent and teaching them that they have control over their body.
But her plea left parents utterly baffled, as many argued that it’s just fun and games.
One woman, who commented on her Facebook post asked: “So it’d be child abuse to do it to my kids?“
She continued by pointing out that kids often change their mind – one minute they like it, the next they don’t, then they’re asking to be tickled more.
And according to news.com.au said: “Generally it’s actually the best way to momentarily paralyse a toddler in order to get shoes on them.”
But her light-hearted approach did nothing to diffuse the situation.
The mum said it doesn’t matter what the scenario is, you should always stop tickling when your child asks you to, and although they might like it, it doesn’t mean they want to be tickled all the time.
The other parent, who argued that her two-year-old doesn’t “make the rules” and that if he did she’d be subjected to watching videos of tractors and eating raisins all day long, said that she’s not advocating tickling as a punishment.
But added: “C’mon I think you’re delving into this a bit far.”
Although the stubborn mum wouldn’t back down and said this was one thing parents could do to show their children some respect, many thought she was taking things a little too far.
Whilst one said that tickling wasn’t going to traumatise a child in this case, another said: “What? We argue about tickling now? 2020 is the worst.”
Yet there were a few people who agreed with the mum that it was the best way to teach their children about consent.
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