Hugging is not a sign of respect. Both my adult brother and my teenage daughter hate hugs. This fact as been misunderstood by many family members who saw it as a sign of disrespect or excessive shyness or took it personal. The pressure is fierce and it only makes reunions and holiday parties awkward and uncomfortable.
I would like to remind everyone that hugging is not a sign of respect and it’s not about you. Not everyone likes hugs and that’s okay. We should respect their bodily autonomy instead of forcing our traditions on them.
Respect is saying goodbye to everyone and thank their host for having them over for dinner. Respect is not forcing something that they hate just because we want it.