While on the popular British talk show, “This Morning,” one mom created a bit of controversy when she discussed the topic of consent.
According to mom of two Lottie Daley, she believes it’s imperative to ask for her children’s consent before changing their diaper, washing their bottoms, or tickling them.
The talk show then asked the question, “Should tickling should be made illegal?”
According to the Mirror, the topic of tickling being made illegal became a conversation after British actor, Russell Brand, said he “would ‘punch’ anyone who tried to tickle his daughters.”
Lottie, who is a friend of Brand, then went on “This Morning” to discuss the topic a little further.
“On the face of it, of course, what’s wrong with a tickle, everybody does it. I’ve been guilty of the same until I knew better.
But when you actually start learning about body autonomy and consent for our children when they become a little bit older, we realize actually we should be modeling this behavior from birth, including letting your baby know you are changing its nappy…”
The mom said that by telling her children she is going to change her diaper, it’s teaching them what consent is for when they are older.
“I want her to know that it’s her body. It’s not a case of them saying ‘yes, mom’ or ‘no, mom’ it’s modeling that repetition and that sort of habit of checking in with your children and making sure that they are happy with what you are doing with them. […]
When I’m washing my daughters, who are a bit older, they are seven and five, when I’ve got to wash their bottoms, I do say, ‘Can mummy just wash your bottom?’ because sometimes you have to. And they say, ‘yes’ or ‘no.'”
Daley also added that while her kids have told her that they think it’s fun when she tickles them, it would be weird for them if a stranger did so.
However, Twitter users who watched the show were very upset by the topic, many sharing their own opinions as well:
If these nutcases get their way you won’t be able to touch your own child! What they seem to forget is physical contact between a child and parent/s is the key to forming positive attachments without that we are at risk of seriously affecting mental the health of our children.
— A Lew (@annawood1234) February 1, 2019
why heck should tickling be made illegal?! this world’s gone freaking crazy ?!!! that Lottie woman is dangerous making total innocent thing look dodgy untoward, i tickle my Niece and i used be tickled as kid nothing wrong with it at all. i agree with Vanessa Feltz. #ThisMorning
— Paul (@paulxvxsteven) February 1, 2019
Omg seriously , can’t kiss your kids with affectionate being a mother or father. Now this ?what next ..can’t hold there hand?
— Trude (@TrudeR75) February 1, 2019
— Mrs E (@Jemmy25) February 1, 2019
Tickling is a good example of the fine line between pleasure and pain. Many children do not know how to verbalise that it makes them feel uncomfortable and don't want to offend the grownup
— Paula (@ms_malinki) February 1, 2019
What are your thoughts on these topics?