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.