How do I teach my three year old not to be so friendly

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Jaime - posted on 07/21/2012

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I promise, my son is the same way. He's very friendly and often wants to hug and kiss people we've just met. Just be consistent and honest with her. "It's okay to say hello, but we don't hug and kiss someone if we don't know them." She won't get it right away because she's just not there yet, but eventually she will understand.

Erica - posted on 07/21/2012

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Thank you for the advice but she does it to anybody I'm speaking to and they don't no her ,it's even embarrassing she gladly will go to them I get so frustrated ,I'm trying to teach her it's ok to say hello but no hugs or kiss ,I'm trying my best

Jaime - posted on 07/20/2012

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In what context? If it's to do with approaching strangers, then all you can really do is remind her that she always needs to stay with you because it's not safe for her to wander off by herself. My son is very friendly and he would gladly walk off with a complete stranger if I let him, so I have a harness that we use when we are in crowded places or in shopping centres. He's 3.5 so the harness will have to go soon, but I just keep reminding him about how important it is to stay with me, and that it's okay to say hello and be polite, but not to wander off alone.

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