Kissing People

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Kissing People

Sometimes when we say hello or goodbye to someone we also give them a kiss.

A greeting kiss involves putting your lips on to the other person's cheek. The other person then will kiss your cheek. It doesn't matter who goes first. Sometimes this is known as a 'peck on the cheek' because it lasts only a moment. Sometimes we might feel a little embarrassed about it. That is OK.

We usually only kiss people on the cheek. Sometimes we may see adults and young people kissing on the lips but this is usually just with one person that is special to them.

We don't kiss everyone. We usually only kiss close friends and relatives. Not everyone wants to be kissed. Many boys and men don’t like to kiss other boys and men but there are also many cultures and countries where men do. It is also not usual for school children to kiss each other.

If you are unsure whether someone wants you to kiss them then it is best not to. It is often better to wait to see if they move to give you a kiss first.

Greeting a close friend or relative with a smile and kiss on the cheek is a nice thing to do. We also give each other a kiss on the cheek when they leave.

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Use the above example to help you create your own social story matched to your child's needs. You may want to modify some of the language for very young children but try to avoid losing precise meaning when using more accessible language. Creating social stories with photos or picture can often help too. This example is available in a printable format below.

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Kissing People

Kissing People

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