Grandparents should ask for permission before hugging their grandchildren, parenting expert claims
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Grandparents should ask for permission before hugging their grandchildren, parenting expert claims

GRANDPARENTS SHOULD seek the consent of their grandchildren before trying to kiss them or show any other kind of physical affection.

That’s according to parenting expert Jane Evans, who sparked widespread anger after suggesting adults should always ask their children for permission before being affectionate.

Evans made the contentious claims during an appearance on This Morning.

“This to me is such a hopeful time that we’re even aware this is something we can and should be doing with our children, but it’s not,” she said.

“People tend to sexualise it, but it’s just basic respect.”

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Her viewpoint was countered by businesswoman Rebecca Jane, who also appeared on the show and was quick to brand Evans’ claims as “nonsense”.

“We need to teach children love and affection and giving hugs to grandparents and parents is 100% okay,” she added.

Jane wasn’t alone in calling Evans out over her claims either, with many taking to Twitter to label her claims as “ridiculous”.

“Of course children should kiss their grandparents without asking consent,” one critic wrote.

“Unconditional affection and nurturing is the basis for a secure attachment! We cannot assume that abuse is a threat in every family - nor should we.”

“Hugging your grandchildren/children feels natural because it is natural,” another said.

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“Thousands of years of evolution has dictated human nature & instincts.”

The claims come a year after a sexuality expert claimed parents should start asking their babies for permission before changing their dirty nappies.