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Australian Mum Makes Family Get Consent From Baby Daughter Before Touching Her

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Australian Mum Makes Family Get Consent From Baby Daughter Before Touching Her

A mum has gone viral on social media for explaining how she has taught consent in her family.

It's a pretty common occurrence to pick up a baby or toddler and carry them around or shower them in hugs and kisses.

However, Brittany Baxter wanted to make sure her baby daughter understood consent and wanted to enforce that concept from an early age.

As a result, members in Ms Baxter's family have to ask the youngen for her approval before they give her a hug or kiss or have any other type of physical contact.

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Brittany revealed in a TikTok video how some family have been supportive and others have taken a while to get on board.

"As a parent I practice consent with my daughter and something's really been bothering me, so I thought why not take it to TikTok so we can talk about it," she said.

"Can we please start normalising the fact that kids do not have to kiss in front of adults?

Credit: PA
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"My daughter's almost two years old and I've been in the process of teaching her consent basically since the day that she's been born, and I find it really f**king unhelpful when the adults in her life are like 'What?! We have to ask for a kiss and a hug?', even though I've explained why multiple times.

"And then when she says no, they're like 'Oh she doesn't love me my feelings are so hurt' and then they proceed to overstep her body boundaries anyway.

"My daughter and her body do not exist to make anyone feel more comfortable and to make anyone feel more loved, it is not her fault and it's not my fault that the older generation haven't taken the time throughout their entire lives to learn how to regulate their emotions so consent doesn't continue to be overlooked."

The Melbourne mum believes it's important for people in her daughter's life to respect her wishes.

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Ms Baxter added that in the current Australian social climate, consent has been more important than ever and teaching can start at an early age.

She has called on her family and others to step up to the challenge rather than just do what they've always done.

Despite getting a mixed response from the video, Brittany is going to keep ensuring her daughter knows all about consent.

"No one's feelings are ever going to be more important than my daughter's right to her own body and I'm sure as s**t not going to 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 no to be respected," she said.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 7

Topics: Australia

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