A mom on TikTok raised a a lot of Eyebrows after revealing she gets her child’s grandparents to ask for approval before hugging her.
Many think she went too far.
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Well, nothing is quite as rewarding as parenthood.
The love between you and your child is something unlike any other feeling in the world… It’s quite a magical thing.
However, parenting is not easy…
Anyone who claims that is lying.
Although you try to do what is best for your child…
Everyone has an opinion about what you’re doing wrong.
There are many things that irritate parenting…
But there’s pretty much one thing everyone Parents out there can relate to what the feeling is that you’re not giving your kids the best they can.
And there are a whole host of controversial decisions that need to be made around parenting.
It’s safe to say that people have some pretty strong opinions…
Like how to divide chores between parents…
When single parents are even tougher!
And modern parents have to go through even more stress.
Technology has made the already difficult task of parenthood even more difficult — especially as children get older.
There is another big issue for parents these days.
The hot topic of helicopter parenting.
It can be difficult to draw the line between being responsible and overprotective.
But it’s important to nurture independence and confidence in your children to risk serious rebellion later.
It often comes down to communication.
And making sure your kids feel like they can come to you with their problems will always make things easier.
Respect is another relevant issue when it comes to parenting.
Because a lack of respect is really what most arguments between parents and children boil down to.
Patience is also key.
As any parent will tell you, some days you need the patience of a saint.
Feelings of inadequacy can also bring parents down.
But if you do your best, rest assured – you are parenting at the highest level!
Trying to instill discipline is key.
But let’s face it – it’s not always possible! Sometimes children just aren’t in the mood to be obedient.
There’s something else that makes parenthood seem scary.
That feeling that there just isn’t enough time!
It’s not just days when you’re super busy taking care of a little one that fly by…
But you want to cherish the precious, fleeting moments of your child’s early days (and years).
Dealing with anxiety is another big topic of parenting.
With a world out there that feels huge and scary, it can be tempting to wrap your child in cotton wool.
But you must allow your child to experience life for themselves!
As long as they always know they can count on you to help them in times of need!
A lot of good parenting actually comes down to letting go of control.
Which, as every parent knows, is easier said than done.
But you have!
The mere fact that you’re concerned about becoming a better parent means you’re already doing a great job!
Although sometimes the internet might disagree…
A mother has left many of her followers questioning her recent comments after revealing she makes her child’s grandparents ask for approval before hugging her.
Australian mom-of-1 Brittany Baxter took to TikTok to share why she wants to make sure her child knows when to say no.
At the beginning of her video, she said: “Something really bothered me [her] lately,” about her daughter’s grandparents.
The mother shared that she had been teaching her toddler about consent “basically from the day she was born.”
But revealed their efforts were in vain as family members would not ask before hugging their child.
In the video, she said: “Can we please start normalizing the fact that children don’t have to kiss and hug adults?
“My daughter is almost two years old and I’ve been teaching her consent since the day she was born, and I really find it damn unhelpful when the adults in her life say, ‘What, we’re asking for a kiss or a hug have to ask?’ although I have explained why on numerous occasions.”
She added: “My daughter and her body do not exist to make anyone feel more comfortable or loved.
“Nobody’s feelings will ever be more important than my daughter’s right to her own body. And I’m sure I won’t allow her to grow up in an environment where: 1. she doesn’t know how to say no, and 2. she doesn’t know what it looks like for her not to be respected be.”
Although her comments came from a place of love for her daughter, her post was met with backlash.
One commenter wrote: “I encourage my 21 months[-old’s] Attachment to my parents and she is so attached to them that I really don’t understand your anger.
Brittany was quick to respond, writing: “Have you actually asked your child if they want and need this? Or do you encourage and nurture that relationship because it fits your needs?”
A second user wrote: “I think that’s great in theory, but I’m curious how you deal with hygiene and health situations.”
Brittany replied before shutting down her comments: “My daughter is turning two – I know she cannot wash her body without my help or my husband’s help.
“So when it comes to that time, I say the line, ‘Hey Bubby, it’s time to get clean now, we need to wash your body.'”
She continued, “I’ll explain why: ‘We need to wash our bodies because that’s how we take care of our bodies, that’s what keeps our bodies healthy etc. etc.'”
You can view her TikTok here.
What do you think?