LOOK: New Zealand Agency Warns Against Forcing Kids to Sit With Santa
A New Zealand agency is warning parents against forcing their children to sit on Santa Claus' lap without their consent.
The social services group CAPS Hauraki said on Facebook that making children take part in the Christmastime mall tradition is an example of making them "submit to unwanted affection."
Peter Doocy said the agency sees the warning as a lesson in consent.
Unless parents get their child's permission first, mandating them to visit with St. Nicholas could cause trust issues, Doocy reported.
The agency warned against having children meet with Santa when they are "deeply distressed" or "frightened."
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