Monthly Archives: February 2010
Did you read the story about the Argentine dad, Abel Madariaga, whose pregnant wife was kidnapped 33 years ago? Long story short, thanks to the Grandmothers of the Paza de Mayo rights group, the dad and son were recently reunited. Wow!
What did dad say? “Hugging him that first time, it was as if I filled a hole in my sole.”
Can you imagine waiting 32 years to hug your child for the first time? Go hug your kids right now – or call them and tell them you love them. Hugs matter. Hugs heal.
I got to have lunch with big-time speaker and thinker Joe Calloway when I was in Nashville recently. He wrote a “bit” for my Hug Your Kids Today! book and brings a different perspective to this whole work-life “balance” (Ha!) conversation. He and his wife Annette had their first child, Jessica, when Joe was in his late 40′s and adopted their second daughter, Cate, a few years later, in his early 50′s.
Maybe especially angry teens. Actually, these girls were posing and cracked up right after I snapped this photo but it makes me laugh.
I was at an NSA speaker’s conference in Nashville on Valentine’s Day morning recently and sat next to Dr. Marc Tinsley. As we opened our folders to take notes of ideas from the opening speaker, I noticed the 2 hand-made valentines in his folder. His kids had hidden them in his suitcase and just told him where they were earlier that morning.
I’m always reminding parents to hug their kids. This is a great example of kids giving their dad a long-distance hug.
Hugs for all!
Ruben and Cheryl Gonzalez, of Katy, Texas, don’t just talk about hugging their kids – they walk their talk!
Reader Tom Taormina, a proud grandpa, sent in this photo of his 5-year old grandson from Texas. Tom titled it, “Wii until you drop – the new exercise regime.”
I don’t know about you, but think my kids are beautiful when they are asleep. I confess, I bought pictures of sleeping children for the walllpaper in each of my infant’s rooms. I wanted them to think about sleeping. Now that they are teenagers, they sleep almost as much as they did when they were babies.
Whatever, just hug ‘em as often as you can, sharing your love and confidence in them. Being a kid is hard. A hug can help – both of you!
When a child has a rare disease, it’s tough on them and their whole families. It’s hard to find doctors to diagnose and treat them, there often aren’t medicines, protocols or special equipment to make their lives easier or cure them, and kids can feel “weird” when they just want to fit in.
To help these kids, and their families, there’s a great group called the Children’s Rare Disease Network.
The beauty is, when kids with rare diseases come together, they and the public see that they aren’t so rare! Feb. 28 is World Rare Disease Day, and many groups are coming together, helping to raise awareness.
Chris and Hugh Hempel introduced me to the CRDN through their beautiful 6-year old twins Addi and Cassi. Check out www.addiandcassi.com for their story.
Please hug your kids and spouse / partner today, just because you can!