Our expert says:
I'm also sure that, though obviously this FEELS very personal and hurtful, it was meant as neither. Excellent responses all round, from Kelly, C and Anonymous. This happens with all kids at some time, maybe a bit more with boys, and is indeed part of the growing up stage of separating yourself and your public identity from your parents. Its no problem at all and then suddenly, maybe after hearing a school-mate comment about some OTHER child and her parents, and suddenly parents, especially when showing affection, become deeply embarrassing to the child, and Un-Cool. Try not to take it to heart, and think of C's excellent example. Talk calmly with her about how the idea that you might embarrass her felt hurtful for you, and you'd like to understand it. Talk about WHAT behaviour or situations make her feel embarrassed, and negotiate a settlement as C did. All the kisses you want at home or in the car, but NONE potentially within site of her class-mates, for instance. It's not what you do that matters to her, nor even how she feels about it, but her fears of what the other kids will think and say about it.
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