Babies, Toddlers, Kids and Body Autonomy

Personal-Space-Body-Autonomy

I’d love to put this on the front of his carrier for the holiday season.

I just found this image on Facebook and I love it! I’ve talked about children and body autonomy before, but I think it’s important to talk about personal space again. Children should have the right to choose who they want to hug and kiss.

Strangers don’t seem to think that’s true. In stores, restaurants and other public places people we don’t know have tried to touch his face, his feet, his hair and other body parts. Ugh! Our close family seems to “get it” but I’m worried that as he gets older and interacts with family that isn’t quite as close this boundary might get crossed.

How do you help family and friends recognize your child’s body autonomy?

 

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