I have a five and a half year old son who is constantly getting in trouble for touching too much (with the sitter & at home). When he was younger, I thought he would just naturally grow out of this, but it's getting worse, not better.
Whenever he's touching, he means it in a loving manner, but he's forever climbing up into laps (even when it's clear that it's not desired), touching people's faces, grabbing arms & legs.
We've tried everything we can think of within reason, redirecting, explicitly explaining when it's OK and when it's not OK, giving consistent consequences for undersired touching. And I'm at my wits end. I can't take it any more! And every day that I pick him up from the sitter's house, I hear that he's been isolated for part of the day as a consequence for grabbing. She watches several very young kids & though he intends to be loving in his touch, he frequently ends up knocking them over when trying to give them hugs or help them walk.
I don't want him to think that hugs or physical affection are bad, but he just doesn't seem to respect the boundaries we've set for him. Any thoughts?View Thread