Girl Scouts to parents: Daughters don’t owe anyone a hug - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Girl Scouts to parents: Daughters don’t owe anyone a hug

Posted: Updated:
KHQ.com -

The Girl Scouts issued a warning to parents on their website Monday asking them to think twice before forcing their daughters to hug or kiss relatives at holiday gatherings. 

"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 worried your child might not offer affection on her own? If yes, you might want to reconsider the urge to do that in the future," the organization posted in an article titled "Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays."

"Think of it this way, telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she “owes” another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life."

The Girl Scouts' post encourages parents to offer their daughters ways to show gratitude that do not require physical contact, including "a smile, a high-five, or even an air kiss."

What do you think? Let us know on our Facebook page. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 100+ salons in Washington state have license, sanitation or safety violations

    100+ salons in Washington state have license, sanitation or safety violations

    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:16 PM EDT2018-04-27 03:16:32 GMT

    KHQ.COM - More than 100 nail salons in Washington state recently failed safety and sanitation inspections from the Washington State Department of Licensing. If you think these salons are required to post these violations publicly, think again. Unlike restaurants, there's no letter grade at the door that can tell you if the services inside have been deemed safe.

    >>

    KHQ.COM - More than 100 nail salons in Washington state recently failed safety and sanitation inspections from the Washington State Department of Licensing. If you think these salons are required to post these violations publicly, think again. Unlike restaurants, there's no letter grade at the door that can tell you if the services inside have been deemed safe.

    >>
  • Police: Driver was going 2x the speed limit in deadly crash

    Police: Driver was going 2x the speed limit in deadly crash

    Thursday, April 26 2018 2:12 AM EDT2018-04-26 06:12:50 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - What sounded like an accident has now led to charges against the woman who was behind the wheel. The driver of Tuesday night's deadly crash is being investigated for DUI and vehicular homicide. Detectives say around 9:30 p.m. a man was struck and killed by a driver as he tried to cross the street near 3rd and Liberty Park Place.   Court documents released Wednesday show that the driver, 50-year-old Tamila Lindsly, 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - What sounded like an accident has now led to charges against the woman who was behind the wheel. The driver of Tuesday night's deadly crash is being investigated for DUI and vehicular homicide. Detectives say around 9:30 p.m. a man was struck and killed by a driver as he tried to cross the street near 3rd and Liberty Park Place.   Court documents released Wednesday show that the driver, 50-year-old Tamila Lindsly, 

    >>
  • PHOTOS: All lanes of I-90 reopen after semi-truck loses load in downtown Spokane

    PHOTOS: All lanes of I-90 reopen after semi-truck loses load in downtown Spokane

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-04-25 22:25:01 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Jim Martin Trucking LLC out of Hayden, Idaho confirmed with KHQ the driver of the semi-truck involved in Wednesday's crash on I-90 in downtown Spokane is okay and is cooperating with Troopers. The driver, who was hauling crushed cars, says he was cut off by another car, which he says started the chain reaction that caused the crash. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Jim Martin Trucking LLC out of Hayden, Idaho confirmed with KHQ the driver of the semi-truck involved in Wednesday's crash on I-90 in downtown Spokane is okay and is cooperating with Troopers. The driver, who was hauling crushed cars, says he was cut off by another car, which he says started the chain reaction that caused the crash. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Police search for Spokane construction site thief caught on camera

    Police search for Spokane construction site thief caught on camera

    Friday, April 27 2018 2:06 AM EDT2018-04-27 06:06:10 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say the rise in temperatures means more construction. It also mean a rise in crime. Construction sites are often easy targets. "Most people are going to assume that there isn't going to anyone working at a construction site late at night," said Officer Josh Laiva with the Spokane Police Department.  Most sites have fences, lights, surveillance cameras and even security guards, but even all that doesn't always stop thieves. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say the rise in temperatures means more construction. It also mean a rise in crime. Construction sites are often easy targets. "Most people are going to assume that there isn't going to anyone working at a construction site late at night," said Officer Josh Laiva with the Spokane Police Department.  Most sites have fences, lights, surveillance cameras and even security guards, but even all that doesn't always stop thieves. 

    >>
  • Top education official meets with Idaho students to discuss school safety

    Top education official meets with Idaho students to discuss school safety

    Friday, April 27 2018 12:49 AM EDT2018-04-27 04:49:18 GMT
    Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra paid a visit to Lake City High School yesterday to meet with the same students who organized last week’s panel discussions to continue the conversation regarding school safety. Students raised a variety of questions to the superintendent ranging from what’s being done at the local and state level to make schools safe; as well as the on-going topic of mental health. Ybarra says the new initiative that she’s proposed...>>
    Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra paid a visit to Lake City High School yesterday to meet with the same students who organized last week’s panel discussions to continue the conversation regarding school safety. Students raised a variety of questions to the superintendent ranging from what’s being done at the local and state level to make schools safe; as well as the on-going topic of mental health. Ybarra says the new initiative that she’s proposed...>>
  • 3-year-old run over, killed by lawnmower near Snohomish

    3-year-old run over, killed by lawnmower near Snohomish

    Friday, April 27 2018 12:30 AM EDT2018-04-27 04:30:20 GMT

    SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - A 3-year-old boy died Thursday evening after the toddler was run over by a lawnmower near Snohomish. According to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, the child was riding on his father's lap when he fell off and went under the lawnmower.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Deputies said they're seeing this as an accident.  According to deputies, the father wasn't under any influence.  Responding to a 

    >>

    SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - A 3-year-old boy died Thursday evening after the toddler was run over by a lawnmower near Snohomish. According to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, the child was riding on his father's lap when he fell off and went under the lawnmower.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Deputies said they're seeing this as an accident.  According to deputies, the father wasn't under any influence.  Responding to a 

    >>