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Girl Scouts: Parents, Don't Force Your Daughters to Hug Relatives on Thanksgiving

Heather Leiphart/The News Herald via AP

The Girl Scouts of America is spending the Thanksgiving week reminding parents not to "force" their daughters to give hugs and kisses to relatives. According to the organization, forcing young girls to be affectionate gives the girls "the wrong idea about consent and physical affection."


Apparently hugging and kissing family members "can set the stage for her questioning whether she 'owes' another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life."

The Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist, Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, argued that girls should learn to establish boundaries at a young age because "setting physical boundaries and expecting them to be respected last a lifetime, and can influence how she feels about herself and her body as she gets older."

Earlier in the week, the organization reminded parents to "have a talk" about physical and sexual abuse with their girls. Specifically, there are six points they believe parents should cover:

1.  Our bodies are our own—no one has the right to touch them without our permission

2.  Make sure she knows it’s never, ever the child’s fault

3.  If she witnesses or experiences abuse, you are there for her

4.  Not all abuse looks the same

5.  Some secrets shouldn’t be kept

6.  Sometimes people we know, respect, or even love can do bad things

What happened to the Girl Scouts being an organization that taught young girls about friendship, hard work and community service? Some of my fondest memories as a kid were with my Girl Scout troop, learning new skills, volunteering in my community and establishing a strong work ethic. After all, I was determined to sell the most Girl Scout cookies in the troop! Now it seems like the organization has completely lost touch with its mission of creating future leaders. Instead, they're focused on turning young girls into feminists. 


Telling parents that it's not okay for girls to hug or kiss their relatives because it could put them in a dangerous predicament down the road, where they may not have respect for their bodies or their boundaries, is rather rude and a slap in the face to older generations. A hug or a kiss on the cheek doesn't automatically set the stage for a young girl to be sexually or physically abused. It also doesn't mean that she won't know when someone has violated her boundaries and done something wrong. 

Obviously parents should have these vital conversations with their kids about the potential for any kind of physical or sexual abuse but this is just an example of the left attempting to indoctrinate your kids.

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