Super powerful article. It’s difficult during these times of family reunions to sometimes know how to respond to uncomfortable situations where family members may be well meaning… and yet are not willing to check their own egos, “hurt feelings,” or traditions in behalf of children or other vulnerable members. Let’s check our boundaries everyone. Body autonomy matters. And if your feelings are hurt because someone stands up for their body…. be willing to check what that’s about. Nothing like a chance to “adult” a bit more in our own development. If you’re the one with privilege in the situation (meaning you have more power, more age, more influence)…. be willing to step down and honor the difficulty for the other in speaking up.
Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST can be reached at natashaparker.org and runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She hosts the Mormon Mental Health and Mormon Sex Info Podcasts, is the current president of the Mormon Mental Health Association and runs a sex education program, Sex Talk with Natasha. She has over 20 years of experience working with primarily an LDS/Mormon clientele.