Showing love is a natural part of the human experience, however there are some great reasons not to force physical affection from children that are really important! It may sound counter-intuitive not to expect or strongly encourage a hug or kiss from children, but it's actually the better route. Here are some valid reasons not to force physical affection from children that will have you thinking twice!
Probably the most obvious of reasons not to force physical affection from children is that it's not genuine. Hugs and kisses to grandparents should come from within and when they do, they're well received and everyone is happy. Often times it just takes time for a young child to feel comfortable with giving hugs and kisses, even with people they know well. Don't neglect having your children say hi and acknowledging loved ones, however, which is really the foundation for affection.