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Children should not be forced to greet others


The custom that many parents have of forcing their children to greet others when they arrive somewhere or when someone comes home, is not good in the eyes of some specialists. They say that it is a logical reaction of shy and inhibited children, and that they should learn to greet only with the example of their parents.

In my house we have a custom. Every time someone from the family comes home, we always greet them at the door, including the dog who signs up without saying anything. To me, in particular, I find it great that they wait for you, that they open the door for you and that you notice that you are welcome. The initial greeting is important in my house. We do not do it only for an educational matter, but because we consider that it is a gesture of respect, affection and attention to others.

However, the fact that we do it does not mean that others should also do it. Each case and each house or family is a case. The greeting has always been a basic norm of coexistence. They always taught me to greet everyone, without discrimination. Neighbors, relatives and friends.

I think that children must be respected, when they feel a possible shyness or inhibition, but without a doubt I believe that they must be taught that greeting is as necessary as brushing their teeth in the morning. This type of rule is learned when one is young. But today, not all children find physical approach or greeting someone pleasant.

The stranger must be ignored. Child sexuality specialists go further. They say that children have this refusal to say hello because it is about their modesty and privacy, not rudeness. Respecting this behavior will favor your future sexuality. They will be more free to choose. What do you think?

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