Girl Scouts of the USA issued a warning to parents this holiday season, asking them to think twice before forcing their daughters to hug relatives at gatherings.
The organization is sending the message as top figures from Hollywood to Washington are being accused of sexual misconduct and harassment, in some cases dating back years.
By urging your child to show affection just because it’s been a while since they’ve seen "Uncle Bob," it may set the stage for her questioning. whether she owes someone else affection if they bought her dinner or another gift when she gets older.
The organization, which aims to build courage, confidence and character in young girls, recommends alternatives to kissing and hugging that include a high-five or a thank you with a smile.