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Should we force children to show affection?

Everyone celebrates the holidays in different ways, but a few things are kind of universal. We tend to get together with family and friends and those celebrations tend to be better when kids are around. And when kids are around, they are going to be smothered with hugs, kisses, and cheek-pinches by the likes of Grandma Karen, Uncle Joe, and Cousin Mary. And the kids aren’t always happy about it. Irene van der Zande talks about why forcing kids to show affection toward others, especially adults, is not always a good thing. She's the founder and Executive Director of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, an organization that teaches about personal safety and violence prevention. (Flickr/Amy Goodman)

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