An expert suggests that parents should ask their babies if it’s okay before changing their diapers.
This helps create a culture of saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ from a young age.
Being a parent is hard, and even though there’s a lot of love and laughter, there’s also a lot of dirty diapers to handle. It’s not a glamorous part of the job, but it’s necessary. We all used to be babies, and one thing babies can’t do is talk.
Deanne Carson, who calls herself a ‘s**uality educator, speaker, and author,’ is talking about the idea of getting consent even from very young children.
Back in 2018, on ABC, Deanne Carson talked about how she teaches kids about consent, even starting from a very young age. Usually, she works with kids aged three and older, but she stressed the importance of introducing these ideas even earlier.
We know that babies can’t talk, so asking for permission might seem a bit odd. But Carson thinks non-verbal communication, like making eye contact, is crucial. She explained this idea during a discussion on consent laws, saying they work with parents “from birth” to create a culture of consent at home. She gave an example, saying, ‘I’m going to change your nappy now, is that OK?’
Of course, she acknowledged that babies won’t really say ‘Yes, mum, that’s awesome!’ She suggested that by waiting for a moment and looking for non-verbal cues, like eye contact, parents can show their babies that their reactions matter.
This idea got a lot of attention online, with people questioning why you would ask a baby for permission when they don’t understand. Some wondered what would happen if the baby said ‘no’ or joked that babies don’t really have a say in diaper changes.
One person asked if you would still change the diaper if the baby said ‘no,’ pointing out a potential problem. Another person commented on the practicality, saying that sometimes you just have to change the diaper for the baby’s well-being.
What do you think about this unusual approach to parenting?