Every parent has his or her unique methods for raising their young ones. And while each situation calls for a special approach, we can learn from one another to improve how we teach our children lessons and instill important values. Yahoo Beauty recently highlighted how one mother's noteworthy parenting move teaches an important lesson—and not just to her son.
"Since the moment he was born, we've always asked before we pick him up," Nisha Moodley recently wrote in an Instagram post about her 6-month-old son Raven. "I always feel for his 'yes.' Why? Because we want him to know that his body is his, and that others' bodies are theirs, and no one gets to make choices about someone else's body," she continued. Even with the best intentions, we can easily forget that humans of all ages should have agency over their own bodies. By politely asking her son if he's okay with being picked up, she's validating his wants and giving him a voice—even though he may not be speaking yet. Moodley explained to Yahoo Beauty that she doesn't even want her son to be a perpetrator or victim of assault and is raising him to be aware of the aspects of rape culture by consistently demonstrating this form of respect early on. "I also want him to pay attention to his instincts, and forcing physical touch could interfere with that."
Head below to see Nisha Moodley's post and read her method of instilling respect in her son from the very start.
Since the moment he was born, we've always asked before we pick him up. I always feel for his "yes". Why? Because we want him to know that his body is his, and that others' bodies are theirs, and no one gets to make choices about someone else's body. . #lessonsinsovereignty #bornfree #endrapeculture . Sidenote: If you ever want to hold someone else's baby, my suggestion is to ask the parent, then ask the kid. It always touches my heart when someone takes a moment to connect with him and says "Can I hold you, dude?"
What are some of your parenting strategies for instilling values like respect? Share your wisdom with us in the comments.