Why tickling kids is not okay
"Tickle me, Mama… pleeeeease," my five-year-old son pleads, as he pokes his head from beneath his Pikachu covers. It's an ungodly hour of the morning and, looking into his big brown eyes — an equal mixture of mischief and innocence — I'm tempted to give in to his giggly demands. Yet, something holds me back.
Here's the thing: I'm not what you would classify as a helicopter parent. If you had to put a label on it, I'm more of a free range mom. I try not to sweat the small stuff or worry too much about things I can't control. But that's precisely where tickling comes in. This is something I can control… to an extent. And in today's society, teaching our kids about things like consent and body autonomy — which are intrinsically linked to tickling — is a big deal.