Why I don’t Hug Boys (and other tips)

Hey all! Welcome back to my blog again. It’s so cool that you keep coming back and reading all my random stuff. *hugs*

Oh… right.
So a couple weeks back I feel into this awkward situation, and it was probably all in my head, but still.

I have a lot of friends that are girls. I’m not gonna list them.
But beside that, I have a couple of friends that are boys.
Before I started getting all into youth group and church, I was totally not a touchy person. I never hugged anyone. Mom, and Steve and that’s pretty much it.
But in youth group it was the normal thing for friends (and a lot of the older ladies. XD I’ve gotta write a post about the older ladies in my life. XD) to greet each other with a hug, and also to hug before leaving. It was weird at first, but I got used to it before too long.

Well in my family we have standards about the way we girls behave around and toward boys. Beside our modesty standards (I wrote about modesty here) we were taught guidelines about how to act around guys.

First, and most obvious, Dress Well. Stay covered. But you can still dress cute. Don’t be ridiculous girls. Modesty doesn’t always mean you can only wear a dress. See post previously linked to.

Then, Don’t Flirt With Guys. Flirting should really never been done in general until an understanding has been reached between two people. That should be that they are either courting (dating for the purpose of marriage) or married! Why? To guard our hearts and minds. Flirting is just this little bug that really gets into your head (especially if you like to talk, like me) and becomes a challenge. But when you are talking to a male friend, check yourself. Make sure you think of God’s glory and your future spouse to see if you should be speaking to that guy the way that you are.

Never Hug Boys. Yup. So I know this is not a basic rule for most girls. A lot of my friends don’t see this as crucial and actually don’t even think of it at all. But Steve has raised us girls to avoid as much physical contact with boys as possible before we are in a relationship. Shaking hands for a greeting is fine, but we always try to avoid hugging or any other “signs of affection” even if they may not be signs of affection. This is also to guard our hearts and minds, as well as our brothers.
This was the awkward situation that I stepped into. It was a bunch of my female friend, and one of my guy friends. So as I left, I hugged each of them goodbye, and with an uncomfortable glance toward the guy, I waved instead.
It’s really something we try not to compromise. It’s just a standard and a rule.
And of course, it’s not always possible to avoid. Some people are not aware of that rule in our lives, and sometimes a guy will go to hug us without meaning anything by it, just as a goodbye (meaning my uncles. No other guys in my life are bold enough to hug “without meaning anything by it”). If it’s not something I can get around, a side hug is the next best thing. (which by the way, Steve hates the idea of anyone doing a  side hug. He just tells us not to hug at all. XD)

Here’s a funny video I found XD

One of our biggest rules is Never Be Alone in the Same Room with a Guy. This is also one of those things that is sort of hard to maneuver around people who don’t know. It’s not always the easiest thing to leave the room when all that’s left is you and him without making it obvious. But it’s definitely something we really strive to stick to.

These are just a couple. I don’t know. We have really been trained and our behavior has been instilled in us for so long that I think maybe we do a lot of things that I don’t even notice anymore.

That was a really random and choppy post, but I wanted to post it anyway, cause I thought you girls would like to think about them and maybe you will add them to your own standards!

What are some of your standards behaving toward boys? What do you think of the ones I have here? Comment below and let me know. It’s really cool to share these sort of things so we can be a community of teens helping each other glorify God!

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Hugs! (to girls only)(no I’m not gonna say that all the time.)


9 thoughts on “Why I don’t Hug Boys (and other tips)”

  1. Arnica says:

    I don’t have any convictions against hugging guys but I do have a practice against it. If I do hug them they are a very special man and I usually keep it to a side hug, awkward as those can be.
    Good for you for standing on your convictions despite embarrassing situations though!

    1. Libby May says:

      Thanks for your thoughts Arnica! 😀 It’s true. Side hugs are pretty awkward, but I wonder how much they are awkward because of side hugging vs why you’re avoiding a straight hug… XD

  2. Gray Marie says:

    Great post!

    I’ve never been really convicted about modesty, but I do try to dress as modest as I can. Although I wear shorter shorts and athletic shorts a lot. I’m not sure what your modesty standards are, but I know people who try to not wear shirts or dresses that really show their chests, but as a more curvy girl, that’s about impossible for me unless I wear baggy shirts. 😛

    I don’t flirt either, I’m not comfortable with it, and I don’t see why I would want to lead some poor guy on just to validate myself.

    I’m not a touchy person, but people keep hugging me and I can’t seem to escape it. It’s awkward, but a ton of people I know are just really physical and they don’t seem to think about it. One time someone asked me if I was okay with hugs…as he hugged me. And I was just there like, “…Yeah.”

    I try not to be in the same room with a guy alone, but when most of the youth in your church are guys that gets difficult. But it is one of my standards too.

    Sorry for the super long comment! XD
    As I said before, great post!!

    1. Libby May says:

      Don’t worry about long comments. Those are awesome.
      Yeah, see and to each situation there is it’s own standards. You just gotta do your best and that’s the best you can do.
      It’s not wrong to tell guys that you don’t hug. We normally let them know if the time comes where they almost want it to become a normal thing. We don’t just let the other people around us wonder why we make an acception to that person, but no one else.
      Thanks for commenting!

  3. Kenzie says:

    That is so cool. I have some of the same convictions. It’s good to know I’m not the only one. 😛

  4. Keturah Lamb says:

    You are so correct! Not many girls think this way. I won’t actually not hug a guy, as most guys wouldn’t understand. I never initiate hugging guys, and if I see a hug coming I steer the hug so that it’s a half hug. A couple times I’ve been asked by a guy if they could hug me.. I just said I wasn’t into hugs ;p


    1. Libby May says:

      Yup. And see the guys I’m friends with tend to be pretty good friends, so *most of the time* I can just tell them, without it coming across as odd. But yeah, it’s not always that way. Half hugs are good. My dad hates half hugs. XD He just says not to hug at all. XD

  5. I hug my actual brothers when ever they let me, I’ve often been the only girl with my younger brother, and one time I was helping a group of his friends get ready for a party. But recently my younger brother and I where hanging out with a couple of friends, both of which were male in off to the side of a larger mixed group, when my younger brother left I went with him because I felt that it would be very odd for me to stay.

    1. Libby May says:

      Exactly! You got the idea. 😀 But yeah, brothers are an acception I think.

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