Have some hugs

Find as many opportunities as you can throughout each day to hug your child, remembering that hugs can say:

• I love you

• You are precious

• I am proud of you

• I am glad you are my child

• You did a great job

• You’re safe

• I am sorry

• I am sorry you’re sad

• I am glad you’re happy

• I just love you for being you


You can also:

• Make cards with promises of hugs

• Make hug vouchers that your child can redeem at any time

Did you know:

• Touch is vital to wellbeing.

• Young children need four hugs a day for survival, eight hugs a day for maintenance, and 12 hugs a day for growth (http://www.lifepositive.com/mind/personal-growth/hug/hug-therapy.asp)

What your child is learning:

• They are loved

• Connection with others

• Trust

• That they have personal worth regardless of their ability or today’s behaviour

• Relationships are important