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Embarrassing behaviour from 4 year old

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Kernow1973 Tue 03-Jun-14 02:52:43

Our 4 yr old is a very social & loving girl. She has recently begun however to be 'over' friendly to adults we barely know, such as staff at children's centres or the property manager from our recent holiday. It seems that if they show any interest in her or smile at her she describes them as her 'best friend' ans keeps showering them in hugs & kisses. This week she rather embarrassingly did it to her male swimming teacher. Poor bloke didn't know what to do. We don't want to stifle her loving ness but feel she needs guidance on appropriateness & boundaries. Am looking for advice on how to approach this please! She gets plenty of affection from us but we wondered if she may be feeling insecure as starting school soon??

boringlivingroom Tue 03-Jun-14 09:07:31

Have you been talking up school a lot? If so maybe ease off.

Also explain to her about showing how she likes people.

LastingLight Tue 03-Jun-14 09:20:24

Talk about how some people do not like being hugged or kissed, and show her the behaviour that is only acceptable for family. I would hesitate to say "close friends" as well as she clearly cannot distinguish.

DeWee Tue 03-Jun-14 09:53:53

I agree with Lasting. Suggest she draws them a picture or something to take them.

Kernow1973 Sat 14-Jun-14 00:03:20

Thanks all for the great advice. I had an informal chat with her (I made it into a fun 'quiz' as she likes quizzes) about how you express affection to family and non family. Then followed it up with advice as per threads. Bless her, she said 'uh oh but I kissed .....&......& they're not family. Whoops! And there's been no

Kernow1973 Sat 14-Jun-14 00:04:15

...sorry pressed wrong inappropriate displays of affection sincesmile

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