Do Your Kids Not Want to Hug Their Relatives? 6 Tips to Help! by Jill Ceder, LMSW, JD

2 years ago
Do Your Kids Not Want to Hug Their Relatives? 6 Tips to Help!

Do your relatives want to hug and kiss your kids, but they refuse? Here are six tips! 

  1. Affection should never be forced. 
  2. Teach kids to respect their bodies. 
  3. Teach kids to respect others. 
  4. Be a positive role model. Display good communication skills and strong boundaries. 
  5. Deal with your relatives' hurt feelings. Explain your policy. 
  6. If you children don’t want to give or receive hugs, encourage them to think of others and to say “hello” with a handshake or high-five. 

Offer choices so they feel in control of their bodies and feelings.

Jennison Grigsby
I see this more and more and really appreciate that parents are learning to never insist on physical affection.

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