Raise your hand if any of these scenarios sound familiar. After months of being apart. Grandma finally gets to see your kid again so, of course, as soon as she walks in the door, you urge your offspring to “give Nana a hug.” Or maybe your toddler and her bestie are playing together and you want to capture the moment for the ‘Gram. The only thing cuter than the two of them pretending to have a tea party would be if they gave each other a hug, so you gently coax them into an embrace. The kids comply without protesting, so what’s the big deal?
While it may seem relatively harmless (your child loves his grandma!), telling your kids to hug people is actually highly problematic. We consulted a few experts to help us break down why.