When we force a child to do something they don't want to do, we're raising an adult who:
👉 is less likely to respect others and their will
👉 is more likely to do what others say even if it doesn't feel right
Forcing children to do something, even with the best of intentions, is a form of abuse that they might later use in their own relationships.
Teaching adults around us to respect children’s will and ask for their consent is just as important as teaching children to say no.
Brave is not being afraid and doing it anyway; brave is listening and honoring our own emotions regardless of what others say.