Children do better when they feel better (we all do!)  And hugs make us feel better.

1.  When your child is having a tantrum ask for a hug.

2.  If your child says “no”, say, “I really could use a hug”.

3.  If your child still says no, say, “I need a hug; come and find me when you’re ready”. (Then Walk Away) .  You might be surprised at what happens.

Source: Positive

Paige’s note:  This also works for me when my schedule is really busy and I haven’t been able to spend enough quality time with my daughter.  She will start acting out by whining and pouting more than usual. I give her a hug,  or two or three and her behavior starts to change.