Girl Scouts remind parents their daughters don’t owe hugs on holidays
(KUSI) – The holiday season is under way and Girl Scouts of the USA are reminding their members that holiday hugs are not a must.
The organization sent out its recommendation to parents on Tuesday telling them their daughters they don’t owe anyone a hug.
Arguing that asking your child to give hugs could give them the wrong idea about consent and physical affection later in life.
“The notion of consent may seem very grown-up and like something that doesn’t pertain to children,” says Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, “but the lessons girls learn when they’re young about setting physical boundaries and expecting them to be respected last a lifetime, and can influence how she feels about herself and her body as she gets older. Plus, sadly, we know that some adults prey on children, and teaching your daughter about consent early on can help her understand her rights, know when lines are being crossed, and when to go to you for help.”
Some say the girl scouts are blowing an innocent family interaction out of proportion.
The Girl Scouts have a history of taking on polarizing subjects regarding girls, women and gender identity.
Over the past few years, parishes and religious groups have made public splits with the organization because of the Girl Scout’s secular interests.