Skip to content

Announcements

Get the support and information you need for your behavior, development and health related questions.

For more information:
Health and Parenting Health Center
Raising fit Kids

Tips on how to address being too affectionate
avatar
An_239388 posted:
I need tips on how to address that it's not okay to be affectionate at school. My 5 year old just started kindergarten and had never been in school before. I was informed that he made some children uncomfortable because he is a bit affectionate and likes to give hugs and likes to tickle. We are very affectionate at home and playful all in a very safe way. We are working with him on how to keep our hand to ourselves, etc. But I would like additional tips on how to approach this without making him feel like showing affection is wrong.
Reply
 
avatar
momuv4girls responded:
I would purchase a book (similar to this one) http://www.amazon.com/Personal-Space-Camp-Childrens-Skills/dp/1934073059
and discuss this in terms of "personal space" - - I would talk about hugging Mommy and Daddy and Gramma is a way to show our love, but friends at school we use our words and say "hi". Something along those lines.

Now a days there are so many good, kid appropriate books out there - hopefully one like I posted will enlighten your son about the understanding of personal space.
Good Luck !!
-Kathleen
 
avatar
tothebeach4 responded:
Aw, I think that's sweet! Unfortunately, when it comes to school, I guess there are rules in place about touching other children, so I can see where your predicament comes in.

I would think that while he's in school, it would be up to his teachers to remind him of the rules about touching other children while in school. If they told you he was making children uncomfortable, then why didn't they suggest a way for you to help correct him?

I'm sorry I don't have an answer or suggestion for you, but it just seems like his teachers should've been more helpful, really. Goodluck to you and him... he sounds like a sweet boy!
 
avatar
tothebeach4 replied to momuv4girls's response:
Oh wow, that's good to know! Seems like they have books for just about everything these days!
 
avatar
An_239388 replied to momuv4girls's response:
Thank you so much for the suggestion. I already put the order in.


Helpful Tips

Help kids learn to swallow pillsExpert
I found this inexpensive but clever cup a few years ago, and it helped my kids learn to swallow pills without a fuss: ... More
Was this Helpful?
17 of 26 found this helpful

Expert Blog

Child Health 411 - Ari Brown, MD

Educated parents are empowered parents! Get clear answers to your parenting questions from Dr. Ari Brown...Read More

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.