I’ll never make my one-year-old daughter hug grandparents if she doesn’t consent- saying no is a necessary life skill

WITH the end of lockdown restrictions in sight in the UK, we're pretty much counting down the days until we can give our mum a good old cuddle.

But for Brittany Baxter, not having to hug loved ones is something she plans on teaching her little girl long after Covid is a thing of the past.

Appearing on This Morning yesterday, the Australian mum – who shot to fame for her viral TikToks – said she wants to teach her one-year-old the power of saying 'no'.

She explained: "I'm challenging social norms and even potentially beliefs that we have around children and children knowing what they want.

"Once I explained the importance of it [to my parents] they really got on board with it.

"They saw it as an opportunity to help their grandchild to develop really necessary skills she is going to need for her entire life."

What's more, the mum says she has been teaching her daughter about consent since she was a newborn and criticised people for trying to “guilt trip” cuddles out of her.

"So I think it can sound a little bit strange, I want to put it into context," she continued. "Children before they can even speak are observational learners and so are taking in the way you are with them, the way you behave with other people, strangers and so forth.

"So my husband and I, before my daughter was born we just got really clear on how we modelled consent in our relationship, how we practiced it, how we did with strangers and family members."

In one of her viral videos, Brittany previously said: “Can we please start normalising the fact that kids do not have to kiss and hug adults?"

My daughter and her body do not exist to make anyone feel more comfortable and to make anybody feel more loved.

“My daughter is almost two years old and I have been in the process of teaching her consent basically since the day she was born.

“My daughter and her body do not exist to make anyone feel more comfortable and to make anybody feel more loved.”

Needless to say, Brittany's interview sparked fierce debate among viewers.

"This is beyond ridiculous," one fumed on Twitter. "So when my toddler is hurt & crying I should ask their consent to hug them better?"


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Another added: "There's a person on This Morning today saying that any parent must now seek the consent of their newborns before cuddling them? I really dislike this world."

Meanwhile, a third wrote: "Consent to cuddle – Total point. Some family members are strangers to a baby/child, yet think it's a right for a cuddle."

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