July 02, 2015

Q: When I pick my 2 year old up from daycare, she sometimes lightly shoves me but doesn't appear to be angry or frustrated. Why does she do this?

A: Toddlers need our help in learning how to show affection appropriately. Perhaps your daughter is happy to see you, but isn't quite sure how to ask for a hug. When she pushes you, tell her you missed her, and ask if she'd like a hug. I bet she would!

Answered by Dr. Heather Wittenberg


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