I have realized today that LO is still struggling massively with this concept and that we have not managed to teach her this.
When she wants a hug, she will just hug any body part available to her. E.g. this morning I was bending down to pick something up and LO shouted 'huggey'. She would not wait for me to straighten myself and then give me a proper hug, instead she grabbed my bottom and stuck her face in it. Quite embarrassing as it was at school where I was dropping her off. Trying to peel her off me, she nearly tripped me over because she would not let go.
She will also go up to people and put her face very close to their faces to the point they are almost touching, then grinning at them (or me as the case may be). When she does this, it feels like she is trying to be friendly and wanting to make sure people notice her. But it feels really uncomfortable and will not make her any more popular with her peers.
Other examples include standing too close, leaning over people etc. Often her behaviour reminds me of that of a young puppy or cat who is just jumping or climbing over their siblings with no regard or understanding of the implications for any of her peers. Whilst this is ok for animals, I fear she will become the 'weird' child in class. I can already see this happening with some of the girls in her class and it breaks my heart to see how they are sniggering and jeering.
So has anyone successfully taught their child? Any suggestions will be welcome as we seem to have been unsuccessful in our attempts.