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Ellie - posted on 08/28/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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is it true that if a mum baths her five year old boy, and helps her 8 year old (by doing his back and hair) that you can been done for abuse? and is it true that if your a married or a couple the man is too bath the boys not the mum for this reason?

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Kimberly - posted on 09/05/2011

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Be careful of the person that told you this because they are the type that would report it as abuse. Its awful that parents can't parent and care for their children without fear of being in trouble.

Emily - posted on 09/05/2011

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If that was true, there'd be a lot of single moms with smelly kids! lol I think that's ridiculous.. whoever told you that needs to get a clue.

Susan - posted on 09/05/2011

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I agree with Linda. It's important to protect kids, but this is a little ridiculous. Unless you are bathing your child in an obviously inappropriate way, I can't believe anyone could say you are abusing your child. Children need help and that's what parents are supposed to be there for. My father was a teacher for 36 years and retired in 2002 and he was saying the same thing about he was no longer allowed to have any physical contact with students. Like Linda mentioned, he might pat a student on the back or something equally harmless, but he had to stop. My daughter is 3 and goes to a daycare where they still hug the children regularly which I think all the children appreciate. Children need that affection as long as it remains appropriate.

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I will help my little boy out as long as he needs it! I know society is getting a little weird about these things. I live in England and when I teach I am not allowed to touch any of the kids I teach i.e not allowed to pat them on the shoulder for a job well done or give them a hug when they bruise their knee. I am happy to comply with those rules, but I feel a bit sorry for the kids. I agree that children should be protected from abuse. So many horrible things have happened for way too long, and schools were no exception. I agree it has to stop. full stop. But the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction. The no-touch attitude is spreading to areas where it should not be. Now reading that you as a mum are seriously worried about whether it could be considered abuse if you wash your baby boys makes me sad. It is ridiculous and I am looking forward to when the pendulum swings back to a more balanced state.

Candace - posted on 08/29/2011

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That is ridiculous. You would have some stinky, dirty kids if you didn't help them out. ;)

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Rachael - posted on 02/17/2019

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I have never heard of this. I have 4 children from the age of 15 to 9 years old and they are bathed by me every night.

Donna - posted on 09/14/2011

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My husband works nights and mornings are crazy enoght without bathing them?! My nine year who does wash himself but me wachting (and nagging!) would never wash himself if I didnt which is worse unclean smelly kids or some jobsworth making themselves feel inportant?

Grace - posted on 09/12/2011

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Am Happy I leave in Kenya where children still have the opportunity to be loved and cared for without hinderence. I am however sorry for the state some peoples habits are making us get to

Ellie - posted on 08/29/2011

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thank you, feel alot better now, was a bit worried when i heard that last night. all i do is wash his back and arms, i make him wash his private area have done since her was 2-3. and mason i just wash his haor and back and make him do the rest. cant believe my mates been told she cant bath her son cos its abuse by a social worker surely she could have her done for that especially as her kids all have adhd and other learning difficulties?

Amy - posted on 08/29/2011

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No I don't think that's true! My son is 5 and he's not able to wash himself entirely by himself. I'll stop helping when he says he's uncomfortable with it.

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