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How can I encourage my 17-month-old to be more affectionate?

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If your daughter's development is otherwise normal, and she interacts with people in other ways, such as making eye contact, responding to words, and playing, I wouldn't be worried. Some kids are "cuddle bunnies"; others just aren't

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If your daughter's development is otherwise normal, and she interacts with people in other ways, such as making eye contact, responding to words, and playing, I wouldn't be worried. Some kids are "cuddle bunnies"; others just aren't.



Keep in mind that some young children are easily overwhelmed. It's a matter of their temperament or personal style and is not a sign of stubbornness or rebellion. If they're pushed by adults to do something that's uncomfortable, they'll withdraw emotionally to protect themselves. This can set up a vicious circle: The more the adult coaxes the child, the less the child responds.



The best thing you can do right now is change your expectations. Keep being affectionate toward her, but try doing it in smaller doses. Look for other ways, besides kisses, that she shows how much she loves you.

 
 
 
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