"I Don't Own My Child's Body" is the weirdly melodramatic title of a recent parenting piece from CNN Living. You can see from the URL that the original title was probably something more like, "Give Grandma a Hug" -- and that's really all the piece is about. The author's kid sometimes doesn't feel like hugging or kissing somebody, so her mom doesn't make her:
She doesn't have to hug or kiss anyone just because I say so, not even me. I will not override my own child's currently strong instincts to back off from touching someone who she chooses not to touch.
Okay, lady. Big deal. I don't make my kid take off her favorite outfit, which happens to be a heavily upholstered puppy...READ MORE