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How do you greet friends & family?
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
My bestie is a kisser - each time we meet she gives me a big hug and a smack on both cheeks. Her whole family is like that and I was exhausted from the greetings at her son's graduation this year.

I'm not that comfortable with a big hug or a kiss - even for friends or family. But for my kids I'm very kissy/huggy.

How do you greet your friends/family? Are you a hugger/cuddler/kisser with your kids?


p.s. I started thinking about this after reading a New York Times article: The Public Kiss - Welcome or Not?
baby1at35 responded:
I am not real huggy/kissy with friends and family.
With my kids absolutely I give tons of cuddles/kisses/hugs.

This may sound wierd but after DH died I became more closed in with others so to speak. I think it was part of the journey/healing I went through. I really did not want to be hugged /kissed as it made me sooo uncomfortable. Kind of hard to explain. But I had to put a huge shield around myself to make it through the emotional pain and I didn't want people invading my space ect.
Now I am a bit more open but I am still not openly huggy/kissy with family friends. I was however very affecionate with DH.
I am complex eh?
Me (43) 2 busy boys 7 yrs and 6 yrs
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to baby1at35's response:
I love your complexity
sarah0323 responded:
We are not a huggy/kissy family. My kids are a completly different story. I like my space. My SO and I don't even sit on the same couch because I like my space so much. I didn't grow up with alot of physical affection so it is difficult for me when people want to touch me or get to close.
Me 33, DD - O 13, DS1 -J 8, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 5, DD2 - E (11/10)
tbkittycat responded:
It depends. I have friends who give hugs as greetings and when you say good-bye. I have friends who only give hugs good-bye. My immediate family isn't very demonstrative but some of my extended family is and I'm fine with that.
crunk05177 responded:
I never really liked to be touched....even by my best friends....I am just not a touchy feely type of person. But I HATE when people kiss my kids. As most of you know, my 5 1/2 year old was kissed by someone with a coldsore when he was 3 months old and not has herpes outbreaks on his cheeck....not just 1 or 2 blisters like people get on their lips, but hundreds in a cluster. Since then, other people's lips and saliva skeeve me!
Me (29), DH (31), DS1 - Michael (5 1/2) and DS2 - Nathan (2 1/2 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
cinder44 responded:
Not really a huge hugger. But I do hug & kiss my kids & DH when I leave for the day. I find I am kissing & hugging my mom more as she gets older. Not really that affectionate with much family or friends other than that.
Me, DH, DD(4), DS(4)

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