My sweet cuddly boy who turns 4 this month was ready to cut his hair. I think dad was more heart broken about than he was🙄. I always wanted him to do it whenever he was ready. So I never pressured him into cutting it. It's just hair at the end of the day and most importantly, on HIS head. He gets to choose what he does with it.
He was so giddy and excited to get into the barber shop he couldn't wait for the child in front of him to finish up. As we waited we googled hair cuts for him to choose from. There was never a fuss or cry from him. It is truly remarkable to watch children decide on their own when they are ready to do things. This was one of them. The joy in his eyes afterwards, looking at himself, was enough to tell me he was ready.
I feel like I have a new kid though. I know I will miss his hair some days but for now I am also glad I do not need to untangle it 😁. Here is to allowing children to make choices at a young age. Letting them know they are in charge of their bodies.
#Repost What @the_angela_gallo said here echoes my thoughts exactly. Not only that but circumcision alters the breastfeeding relationship. It can cause the baby to refuse feeding from the breast, problems with suckling due to trauma and nervous system dysregulation, a breech in trust between mother and baby, and more. ・・・
Hold on to your hats - I know that this is going to ruffle a few feathers.
I want to talk about circumcision.
I’m not cool with it. Not one bit. I’m going to go out and say it .... I think circumcision is genital mutilation and there is nothing about it that is kind or ethical or socially responsible.
For many years I have remained quiet, afraid to offend someone. I’ve walked on egg shells...teetered around my truth...doing my best to hold judgement free space for my friends who opted for the procedure.
I don’t want to be quiet anymore. And I’m not trying to be offensive. I am trying to speak from the heart - in total openness, warmth and sincerity. Circumcision is a complete violation of the bodies that belong to our sons. It is a complete infringement on the rights of our babies...and intrusion on their most sacred and vulnerable space.
Unless medically necessary, there is no actual or justifiable reason for circumcision. Not culture. Not smell. Not any other made up reason to accomodate the agenda of religion or otherwise.
Newborn babies want to be in one place after being born. IN THEIR MOTHERS ARMS, nestled safely into a bosom after their tiresome journey earthside. I can guarantee you that they don’t want to be spread on a cold table, under bright lights, being cut.
Consider the pain. Consider injury. Consider blood loss and infection. Consider complications. Consider your newborn babies feelings.
Let’s consider the language and notions and misconceptions we are allowing to move through history at the expense of our darling babies.
I don’t want to hurt you or make you feel regret, nor am I questioning your ability to parent and nurture your young.
I want you to know better and do better. I want you to see the reality of circumcision with a fresh pair of eyes. [continued in comments]
Crazy shit has happen this year... a risk I took, was worth it . Just knowing all this time ,I had the ability to make my doubts go away but because I couldn't stand on my own feet, I needed opinions and criticism to cushion the landing. I'm pretty set on how I want to live our life now. 👩👦
😔💙🙏🏻💙 I want to offer a prayer for all the babies who have lost their lives due to circumcision- if you are Jewish, Muslim, Christian or any other form of religion please feel free to offer a prayer! Everyone is welcome here, all people of all different backgrounds! Even if your not religious you are welcome to join with us to spread good vibes and send loving messages down below as well. I love you all and God Bless you- I’m Roman Catholic and I offer this prayer- “ in the name of the father, and of the son, and the Holy Spirit, amen. God you are the creator of all things, you are the only one who can bring life to this world, and you are the only one who should be aloud to take it away. Sadly there are people in this world who hurt others, and there are people in this world who take the lives of others. I pray for the pain to stop, I pray for no more blood shed, I pray for no more death. I read from your holy words that children are the face of you, and to get closer to you we must be more like children. When a crime is committed against children it’s a crime against you father......I pray for the family’s who have lost their babies Lord. Let them know that it wasn’t their fault, let them know that they were lied to, let them know your unconditional love. Lord, I pray that they feel your warm touch of forgiveness. I pray that they find the truth in this sea of lies, I pray for the truth to finally be taken out of the shadows, I pray for the end of circumcision. In your name I pray Amen, in the name of the father and of the son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.” #learnthetruth#yesithurts#forskinisntabirthdefect#endmgmfgm#hisbodyhischoice#itsaboy#foreskin#foreskinisawesome#mensrights#children#parenting#mgm#pregnancy#newborn#newbornboy#intactivist#itsaboy#mtv16andpregnant#MTV#wakeup#thisisntright#thisneedstistop#makethatchange#youdonthavetodothis