Can you imagine living in a world without hugs? It would truly be a far less happy place, that’s for sure. Hugs are amazing gifts you can give to people to make them feel good–plus, they’re free! Now imagine coming home after a long day of work or errands. You’re tired, and maybe a bit grumpy. But when you see your kids, and give them a great big bear hug, somehow all your worries and tiredness melt away, and you feel good again. It’s not just you who benefits from these hugs though, scroll through our list below to see how this simple act positively affects your kids as well.
1. It lets your kids know you understand how they feel.
If they’re having a bad day, give them a hug. It’s one way of letting them know that you are there for them, and you feel what they’re going through.
2. It helps boost their self-esteem.
With a simple hug, you can empower them to face the world with confidence! Plus, it makes them feel that you’re there to support them in every situation, at any given time.
3. It makes them feel safe.
You are your children’s safety net. Whether it’s a painful bruise or a frightening situation, you want them to feel like they are secure in your arms no matter what happens.
4. It reduces stress and uplifts the mood.
Experts say that a hug can increase serotonin, which regulates the body to make you happier, calmer, and less anxious. So when you’re going through a tough time, let them know that you can help relieve their stress through a hug!
5. It makes you feel connected.
When they’re having a difficult time expressing their feelings, a hug can be a powerful tool to reconnect with each other.
6. It reassures them that you love them.
Sometimes they feel distant towards you (especially after a disciplining session). But once you hold them tight in your arms, a hug can say “I disliked your behavior, but I still love you unconditionally.”