14 Dec It’s okay for kids to say no…
It’s okay for kids to say no to giving or receiving hugs or kisses from relatives and friends.
During the holidays, and really any time of year, pediatricians recommend parents reconsider the age-old practice of forcing children to hug or kiss members of the extended family when visiting. They say doing so takes away the child’s autonomy over their own body and sends a message that it’s OK for others to demand affection.
Talking to your child about their bodies, body safety, and personal boundaries is key in keeping them safe. Read more via NPR.