Thursday, June 13, 2013

Children


The only bumper sticker ever to decorate Gertrude, our 70's green wood-paneled Suburban, read  'Have you hugged your children today?' Hugs were serious in our house. Non negotiable.
Growing up, I was the product of a parenting curriculum filled with terms such as 'cold pricklies' and 'warm fuzzies'. My Mom developed a great tool box of effective parenting techniques, ones that haven't terribly altered over the years. Her favorite wordless tool was the hug.

Today, I help parents understand what trauma looks like to a newborn, how to hold, talk, and play with their child. 
I teach them what to expect, at least developmentally, in the first three years of a child's life. 

It doesn't take much to be a fantastic parent. Good parenting isn't complicated.
We were all once children.
We all wanted the same things; kindness, love, empathy and a safe, nurturing environment.

Isn't that the definition of a hug? 
Let's make hugging the 'in' thing again. 




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