Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Kansas City Holiday Warning: Let's Forgo 'Forced Affection' From Youngsters
Actually, some very practical guidance that targets local geezers and the only human physical contact they'll have all year.
Fox4KC: Local experts say ‘forced affection,’ common during holidays, can negatively impact kids
Go hug Aunt Sue. Give Grandpa a kiss. Go sit on Santa's lap.
A lot of parents have probably said these and other similar statements to their children at some point. It usually ramps up during the holidays when we gather with relatives we might not see often.
But health professionals say this "forced affection" with anyone can really have an negative impact on little ones. Jennifer Keller-McDaniel, chief psychologist at Truman Medical Center's Lakewood Counseling, and other experts say it can cause damage to a child's perception of boundaries.
"I think we need to kind of take things slowly," Keller-McDaniel said. "I think it moves pretty quickly when you haven't seen a relative -- or never if we're talking about toddlers -- and then they want to kiss and hug all over you. I think it makes them pretty uncomfortable."
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Some relatives don't want to slather rugrats with attention and prefer to avoid catching whatever deadly virus is lurking around local schools filled with un-vaccinated 'lil hippies.
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