It could be that she feels overwhelmed by their attention, or there is something about them (smell, loud voice... whatever) that 'scares' her. My youngest was like this with my dad and my mil, he would NOT go to them at all! In my son's case it was because both mil and my dad are loud, and "scary" and they also tried to push the issue and push themselves at him. So what I did is told them that they need to stop trying to force themselves on him, they need to back off , ignore him and let him go to them when he is ready! (and yes, he did eventually go to them willingly once they 'ignored' him and left him alone). So I would suggest to family/friends that they 'ignore' her and let her make the 1st move and go to them.
at 11:32 AM on Jan. 14, 2011