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Old 01-25-2018, 05:53 PM
 
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Does anyone have a hugger in their class? My DD who is 5 likes to hug her classmates and we hug at home. What should I teach her about hugging at school and her class mates? Do some parents complain about their child getting touched? Help!


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I teach all my students that they have to ask before they touch someone. When I have a "hugger" we practice asking "can I have a hug please?" before giving a hug. Many students don't like being hugged, and I've definitely gotten complaints from parents when they feel like another student is being too physical with their child. I've also given the higher a job as a greeter in the morning. They get to stand by the door and give everyone a hug or a high 5. It gives them the chance to give hugs in an appropriate way.
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I've never had parents complain, because usually the child who doesn't want a hug will complain or avoid the hugger. I'm not big on little Prek students solve their problems all on their own, but this is one situation I find they're able to.
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Most want hugs!! It's a good thing!
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Yes, have had a million little huggers and those whom you speak to sometimes because they cling so tight! But, YOU are the step in parent all day. It's natural. They are young. There is something seriously wrong if you won't or don't hug children in these early years. You definitely don't need help.
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I agree with your approach. Children mostly grow out of the hugging phase, but I still run into circumstances where I don't want to be rude so I accept the hug anyway. That is why i believe it is good to teach children at a young age when hugging is appropriate and how to appropriately handle a unwanted hug.


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Old 06-13-2018, 03:37 PM
 
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The maddest I ever saw three parents is a when a child with ASD would hug their kids without permission. This was kindergarten.

For one parent it is a cultural thing. You only hug on family members. Random kid hugging you for whatever reason wasn't acceptable.

The other two gave this reason. School is sort of training you for the work culture. There are other ways to show you are happy and pleased with others than invading their personal space. Even asking permission is problematic. If I say no, does the other person think less of me?

All the places I have worked (school setting) had a strict hands to yourself policy. You can high or fist bump, no hugs. Made my job as a noon aide miserable because someone would get hugged, and come up complaining. I got written up as a noon aide (all four of us did), because of the above hugger kid. Supposedly all of them were friends. One kid complained, and the mom went to the principal. Then we got our @sses chewed because the hugging was considered unwanted contact. We should have never allowed in the first place.

It's probably a good time to teach there is a time and place for everything. I know many many adults who hate hugs and handshakes. Eons ago, they just kept silent and and seethed. Now, people have no problems firing up complaints to HR or the principal or whoever.

I come from a huge family of huggers, but people have a right to their personal space not being invaded.
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