Supporting Bodily Autonomy and Consent With Kids

It’s a basic human right to choose what happens to our bodies.⁣ Though many of us support consent, we have a cultural blind spot in our understanding of consent when it comes to children. We think nothing of grabbing babies to wipe their noses or holding them down to brush their teeth. We pick them up without telling them and pass them around to strangers without asking them. We tell them to keep their coats on when they’re too hot and to eat when they’re full.⁣⁣

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We can do better. If we want to change the world's understanding of consent, we need to start at home.⁣⁣

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We can raise human beings who:⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

  • Feel comfortable communicating about what does and doesn’t work for them⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

  • Know that consent is given, and can be taken back at any point ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

  • Understand that people get to be in charge of their own bodies⁣⁣⁣

  • Listen right away when someone says “stop” or “don’t”⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Our 3-page guide, “Consent Matters Every Day” provides additional depth. It’s full of suggestions for supporting bodily autonomy when you really need to get stuff done.

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