Hugs: A Parent's Secret Weapon
By Colleen Langenfeld
It has happened again.
Another summer has whizzed by. My kids are another
With two children grown and another two still under
my wing, I have come to appreciate my fleeting opportunity to BE
THERE for my young charges. To form and nurture a lasting
relationship with each of them.
Frankly, I've come to see that a simple hug is a
very powerful thing.
That being said, I would like to offer you a few
compelling reasons to hug YOUR precious ones every single day.
lower your blood pressure. Or at least feel like
nurture a team spirit. The family team, that is.
are free. So do it twice.
are what kids honestly crave. No matter what
get kids' attention. And open their ears.
can melt multiple harsh words. For both you and
make you smile! And it's tough to stay angry
when you're smilin'.
model generosity of spirit. Give and you shall
are the right way to welcome home someone weary
from his or her day.
Many scientific studies have shown the positive
effects of hugging. More importantly to me, I've seen the positive
effects in my own family.
As parents, we sometimes grope for the right words
to inspire our children. We question our own choice of disciplinary
tactics. We agonize over our apparent inadequacies in this most
important of jobs.
Hugging is virtually always helpful (especially when
our children claim to not want it); soothing, comforting, and very
hard to over-do, as long as you are sincere.
Best of all, when the hugs start coming back at you,
you'll know why 'Mom' or 'Dad' is the best title in the world!
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