I am glad you were able to find some resolve in this issue. It is a bit tricky sometimes especially when they are in daycare. I am a family childcare provider and I love all my children very much. I give hugs and even have some who give kisses. But I have had them since infants. I really think it depends on the children and parents. In my care if Children want a hug they are taught to ask the person. If the person says no then that is ok. That sometimes people don't like hugs all the time and they need to respect that. If I feel it is excessive I ask them to stop. I believe that my kids are with me so much I want them to feel loved and hugging is part of that. They all are very good at knowing their limits and if not I teach them.