A mother’s extreme view on social media has divided the internet, as she has controversially claimed that tickling should be considered “child abuse”.
According to the mother, if a child does not consent to tickling, the parent should stop immediately.
“If they (kids) come looking for it/ask for it, they like it (tickling),” she wrote in a message to another mother, which has since been widely shared on Facebook.
“Stop when they ask you to stop.”
“It’s about consent and you are teaching them their body, their rules.”
The other parent was taken aback.
“So it’d be child abuse to do it to my kids?” the parent replied in the text message exchange.
They pointed out that most kids are extremely fickle and will change their mind constantly.
“They will literally tell you to stop, then immediately ask to be tickled more.”
“But generally it’s actually the best way to momentarily paralyse a toddler in order to get shoes on them,” they adding jokingly.
However, their quip didn’t appear to diffuse the situation.
“This (not tickling) is one small thing you can do to show respect,” the opinionated mother fired back.
“It’s easy and causes no harm. Why wouldn’t you?”