Girl Scouts to parents: Don't force kids to hug family during the holidays

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - As we approach the holidays, the Girl Scouts organization is issuing a warning to parents.

The message - don't force your kids to hug relatives.

The group says kids shouldn't feel like they "owe" someone a hug just because they haven't seen the person in a while.

It says it could cause the child to question whether they "owe" a person some type of physical affection later in life.

The message, "Reminder: She Doesn't Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays," is posted on the Girl Scouts' website.

The post encourages parents to offer different ways to show gratitude, like "a smile, high-five or air kiss."

The organization's warning comes as allegations of sexual misconduct continue to make headlines.