Your Daughter Doesn't Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at The Holidays

Girl Scouts advise families not to make their daughters hug at Christmas

The piece comes as some of the most powerful men in almost every major industry - from Hollywood to journalism to politics - are being publicly called out for sexual harassment and assault.

By urging your child to show affection just because it's been a while since they've seen Uncle Tom, it may "set the stage for her questioning" whether she owes someone else affection if they, for instance, bought her dinner or another gift when she gets older.

"The notion of consent may seem very grown-up and like something that doesn't pertain to children, ' Dr Andrea Bastiani Archibald, the Girl Scouts" developmental psychologist, is quoted as saying.

The post goes on to say leave it up to your daughter on how she wants to show affection and don't force her to hug someone if she doesn't want to.

If your girl is shy or unenthusiastic about to giving her visiting cousin or grandmother a hug, it's not a good idea to force it, the Girl Scouts warn. Dr. Janet Taylor, a psychiatrist based in New York City and Sarasota, Fla., told parents in an interview with ABC News that parents should be careful to not create "a mass hysteria about physical contact with loved ones", during the holiday season.

The advisory, which got almost 7,000 shares on Facebook, set off a fierce social media debate, with hundreds of comments.

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Many agreed with the advisory, however, including some who noted young children are often molested by someone close to the family.

The statement was issued in response to revelations and allegations about sexual misconduct by a series of high-profile men in politics, entertainment, and media. "I think you've misunderstood the post".

'Plus, sadly, we know that some adults prey on children, and teaching your daughter about consent early on can help her understand her rights, know when lines are being crossed, and when to go to you for help'.

"I have always practiced this with my 3 girls". Others said it's overkill.

"Obviously, our advice will not apply in all situations, and we recognize that parents and caregivers are in the best position to judge which conversations they should have with their girls", it added. It said kids should be encouraged to hug family members if that's what they're into, but they should never be forced into it if they're shy. "She doesn't have to hug someone just because they want her to, because her body is her own".

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