Liv is a hugger. She doesn't understand some kids don't like to be hugged. Some kids need help learning about personal space and boundaries. Here's are some great tips for teaching kids about personal space.
A great post on protecting childrens boundaries. I know this is a big deal with my daughter. I also HATE people saying "Oh, she's shy" because now she says it. So I always chime in and say, she's a thinker, she likes to figure things out first. She actually told me the other day (at two years old) that she was still figuring someone out. :)
"Fostering self esteem" . All sorts of titles. Good stuff here. An important message but it doesn't seem to be stressed sufficiently here, is to observe your children respond - nudge tweak them as you watch them develop.
What Elementary Age Boys Need Most from Their Parents.