Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pacific NW longing for the Midwest
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right now, your dd is young enough that really, you're going to have to be right there and intervene (you can body block her if nothing else) if she gets too close.
At the same time, teach her to ask if giving a hug is OK. "Can I hug you?" will give the poor kids who don't like to be touched a chance to say 'no' and teach her boundaries.
Teach her some alternatives - like high fives for kids, or touching babies feet. I never liked it when older kids got in my babies' faces because, as we all know, they're major germ vectors. So, I always taught my kids to ask if they could touch a baby's foot. That satisfies the impulse to touch the baby, and 99% of parents were OK with it.
Lynn, academic, wife, WOHM to T (4/01) and M (5/04)