How to teach new rules to touchy-feely grandparents



December 13, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Hi, Carolyn: We’re traveling to see my in-laws for the holidays with our two young kids (under 5). I am keen on teaching the kids about bodily autonomy and consent, and have tried to model this behavior from the get-go — asking if it’s okay to kiss and hug them, and respecting a “no.”

Their grandparents are all over them when they see them with kissing, tickling, etc., which makes me a bit uncomfortable, and I want to communicate our approach to boundaries before the holiday. When I asked my husband if I could tell them, he got upset and said it sounded like I was criticizing them. Is there a nice way of doing this? — Anonymous


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