Peter Gowesky, a pastor, blogged recently on 4 reasons to make your kids cry. I thought this was kind of weird but then I saw #4 was because you are hugging them so tight they can’t breathe. OK, I’m going to assume he really meant was you hugged them with a lot of enthusiasm. No matter whether you hug your baby or hug your child, daily family hugs are good advice on how to parent better.
He also reminded me of a good piece of parenting advice, and that is that for parents, love is spelled t-i-m-e.
Good reminder, and reason #451 why hugs are so great – they don’t take much time but well done, they can linger a long time. In business, we call that ROI – return on investment. In parenting, I guess that’s ROT – return on time.
Keep hugging! And don’t forget, Global Hug Your Kids Day is Monday, July 14. www.hugyourkidsday.com Please help us spread the word!
Fan mail! I’ll admit it, I love fan mail, especially when it comes from folks who found us and as a result, are changing how they live and parent. This one came over the transom yesterday:
I came upon your website at random, one of those “down the rabbit hole” moments, clicking from one link to the next. So glad I did.
All I have to say is “Wow!” Reading your bio made me cry, but in a good way. Last week, I turned in notice at my job, and will be leaving at the end of June to work a part time position and be home with my 4 year old son. There are bigger payoffs in this life than the salary we earn. Thank you for sharing your truth.
Hopefully, the writer (dare I call her a fan?) will put into practice our advice to “Hug Your Kids,” not just today, but everyday – and maybe twice on Global Hug Your Kids Day, July 16, 2012. www.hugyourkidsday.com
Many kids want to be a fireman when they grow up. Lt. Tom Stotts of Oak Forest, IL Fire Department lived the dream. He had some word of parenting wisdom when he retired recently after 32 years on the job.
According to the Southtown Star newspaper, he talked about the good aspects of being a fire fighter, but added: Unfortunately, I’ve been on 10 kid calls where the kids didn’t make it. It’s something you don’t forget. You go home those days, you hug your kids, and you’re up five times that night checking on them, making sure they’re breathing and OK,” Stotts said.
I didn’t start Global Hug Your Kids Day, July 16 this year, just for fire fighters, I started it for all working parents, regardless of their careers. But I’m happy that Lt. Stotts, and from what I know, many fire fighters, lives the message of hug your kids every day.
For more info on the holiday, www.hugyourkidsday.com
To read the story about Lt. Stotts, http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/12294326-418/oak-forest-firefighter-honored-on-last-day-on-job.html
Several people who have read my book, Hug Your Kids Today! 5 Key Lessons for Every Working Parent,” have commented that Lesson #2, Carpe Kids, that is, Look for what’s positive in your kids, really touched or spoke to them. I think it’s because it’s the one I personally struggle with the most, and therefore, wrote with the most heart and soul.
I just saw this YouTube about a dog, who failed training to be a service dog, but he could surf, and now he helps a parapalegic 15 year old boy SURF. If you like kids, dogs or surfing – or all 3 – you’ve GOT to see this!