Affection is so important to show our kids.  But, what kind of affection does your child prefer?  Some kids would much rather have their hair tousled and a high five than a close, tight hug.  Other kids love close, tight hugs – but not in public.   Read your child’s verbal and nonverbal cues as to what they prefer and make a point of providing that every day.  Directly asking your child what they prefer and when is also a good lesson in teaching consent and the power of his/her voice.   Note:  be careful that you don’t use affection as a way to distract from misbehavior.  This will become an accidental reward.  (More to follow on accidental rewards!)
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