Hubby and I are in awe as to how a simple thing like tickling a child has developed into abuse.
I could not believe the woman who said she told her baby son she was going to change his nappy and would that be OK. As if a newborn could say ‘Sure Mom, go ahead.’
Now I’m not saying that it’s acceptable for anyone to touch anyone else, tickling or not, at the drop of a hat (see Familiar or Familiarity) without their permission.
But please! Aren’t things getting just a tad out of proportion here?
Nearly all parents tickle their kids. It’s a sign of affection and imo there’s no harm in it.
Now if it was an older child or teenager being tickled by an over amorous adult, then I would find that to be offensive and agree something should be said and the actions discouraged.
Like most, I was tickled as a kid, to the extent that the inevitable happened.
I hate to be tickled now, especially my feet, but for different reasons.
Kids are being deprived of their childhood thanks to articles such as this. They are not allowed to enjoy (or reject) part of the growing up processes my age group did.
Of course speak out if you don’t like it! You should not be ridiculed for doing so either and your wishes should be respected.
A couple of weeks ago it was all about gender. We are now breeding a society of insecure kids who are confused not only about their identity but also their sexuality. I am at a loss as to how a five year old child knows they are in the wrong sex body.
Next headline was children sexually assaulting other children in schools, schools that had given the go ahead for boys to enter girls restrooms because they felt they should be treated as girls or done away with separate Boys and Girls facilities altogether.
You could say kids will be kids, curiosity behind the bike sheds and all that, but it’s a sense of being taught right from wrong, and encouraged not to be embarrassed asking our elders about such things.
It’s a double edged sword though isn’t it? Where do we draw the line.
Yet another difficult subject with simple origins and potential dangers.
Just a thought anyway.
Sigh. I’m so glad my kids are well grown up and I don’t have to worry about all this.
Where will it all end?
That’s how I feel. Everything has turned on its head.