Girl Scouts' post about hugging goes viral

Girl Scouts sing Christmas carols to residents at a senior home in Oak Park Illinois on Friday Dec. 12 2014

Girl Scouts sing Christmas carols to residents at a senior home in Oak Park Illinois on Friday Dec. 12 2014

"Girl Scouts of the United States of America offers advice to girls' parents/families (including those of current Girl Scouts) on how to talk to their daughters about issues in the larger world that they hear about or that directly affect them".

Childres said if you prompt your children to "go kiss auntie" but they seem anxious, suggest they go give a high-wive or blow a kiss instead. "With our children more so that you want to trust everyone".

"Have you ever insisted, "Uncle just got here - go give him a big hug!' or 'Auntie gave you that nice toy, go give her a kiss" when you were anxious your child might not offer affection on her own?"

Not everyone appreciated the advice.

. "Not Even at the Holidays", has been shared almost 7,000 times on Facebook, where it was met with mixed reactions. One mom from Castro Valley says she always gives her daughter a choice. They said parents ultimately know which conversations they need to have with their kids. Of course we all want our kids to be loving and kind. "And don't make that girl feel obligated to show that physical attention". "This doesn't give her license to be rude!"

"There are many other ways to show appreciation, thankfulness, and love that don't require physical contact", the post reads. That has to do with consent, but also body image, too.

In a blog post, titled "She doesn't owe anyone a hug".

The post about hugging was published in the section that includes advice to parents and families about current events and was meant to highlight the need to teach children about genuine affection and consent early in life. "I think the important thing as a parent is to know your kid".

The Girl Scouts' post isn't recommending a total ban on hugs and kisses this holiday season. The poll generated more than 3,000 votes by noon and continued through the day.

There's a line between polite social interaction and physical contact, and that's an important lesson to teach early and often.

In a statement to ABC News, the Girl Scouts of the US revealed that the article on the website was timely, "in light of recent news stories about sexual harassment".

Local reaction to Girl Scouts'.

And she said it might be all a bit of an overreaction. The idea is to let them decide how and when they want to show affection.

"In Miami, where it is a cultural practice among many groups to share hugs and kisses - un besito, por favor - among family and friends - the Girl Scouts" warning poses a quandary.

"You have the right to make your boundaries the way you like", said Graves.

"When it comes to love, hugs and affection - that should be freely given", Crisis Center executive director Lynn Darnell said.

"Girl Scouts of the U.S. offers advice to girls' parents and families (including those of current Girl Scouts) on how to talk to their daughters about issues in the larger world that they hear about or that directly affect them".

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