“You’re Hurting Her!” A Story of Consent in the Santa Line

I love this… kids are smart these days. Mom’s raise your boys right… and dad’s raise your daughters right too. Our kids look to us as examples, they need to know it’s not okay to pull a girl’s hair or be mean to her to let her know you “like” her.

When boys did it to me, I got my feelings hurt. I didn’t feel like: Ohh! He likes me! I thought: Ugh what a jerk; he must really hate me. What did I do to him?

The Consent Crew

This story was shared by a friend, and is about his seven year old son, Sage, and is shared with their enthusiastic consent.
We had wanted to use a photo of Sage with Santa to accompany this sharing, but as the young gentleman pointed out, we didn’t have Santa’s consent to share his image. Sage would also like you to know that he does not hit people often, and does not approve of violence. 

So, my son and I are at the mall, waiting for pictures with Santa. He starts chatting with a boy, and discovers they’re the same age. The boy is a bit obnoxious, so my son decides to play with the toddler behind us, instead. I will hereafter refer to the kid in front as “OB.”

The line moves at the usual snail’s pace. I hear “Hey!” and turn to see a young girl giving OB a…

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3 thoughts on ““You’re Hurting Her!” A Story of Consent in the Santa Line”

  1. There’s far too much bullying going on these days. Cyber bullying is the worst. It can be fatal. I was bullied once and my father had a talk with those boys. I imagine it began with him saying, “Now you listen to me…” The bullying never happened again. —- Suzanne J.

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    1. I was bullied mercilessly for a long while, but I’m much stronger now and it won’t happen again.

      A certain amount of bullying is a part of childhood. It helps us learn to deal with adversity but it often goes too far and when it does someone needs to stop it.


  2. Those boys actually pushed me down. It was scary and I was so glad my dad warned them not to do it again. My son was bullied in school until he reached middle school and developed muscle. The funny thing was our daughter once whacked some boy with her ring binder who was bullying him on the school bus. She was younger than him but fearless. My husband used to call her a warrior. 😀 — Suzanne


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