Hugging is a Choice 
Show That You Care


Some people do not like to be hugged, which is okay. There are other ways to show that you care!

Tip: You can smile, write notes, share a mutually enjoyable activity, or use phrases such as “I’m proud of you” to show affection.

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Why is this important?

Establishing positive relationships helps with physical and mental health, and it is equally important for both adults and children to respect the boundaries of others. 

References: Mate, G. (2003). When the body says no. Toronto: Vintage Canada. Sabey, A. K., Rauer, A. J., Haselschwerdt, M. L., & Volling, B. (2018). Beyond “Lots of Hugs and Kisses”: Expressions of Parental Love From Parents and Their Young Children in Two‐Parent, Financially Stable Families. Family Process, 57(3), 737–751. Simington, M. O. (2017). The Way You Make Me Feel. Phi Kappa Phi Forum, 97(4), 11.