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Hug Your Kids Partners with Flip The Script Now in Nevada

Have you ever thought about how hugging your kids helps keep them from being bullied? I just realized this as I learned about a new program in Nevada, called They want to prevent both school- bullying and cyber-bullying, and it’s being funded by R&R Foundation. The can be a tool for them to help parents remember to hug their kids every day, and thereby reduce the chance that they’ll be bullied – and maybe prevent kids from wanting to be a bully too. That’s a double-win!!

The longer I raise my kids, the more I realize how tough it is to be a kid today. There are a lot of pressures, and stronger pressures, than when I was growing up. This pressure can lead to more bullies, and more victims, as kids struggle to find their spot in the world. Hugs, especially daily hugs from a mom or dad, can make a difference. Hug your kids today, folks!


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Karen E. Klein and Financially InKleined Promotes Hug Your Kids and Hug Challenge

Karen E. Klein, author of Financially InKleined blog, was kind enough to tell her followers about the 30 Day Hug Challenge and Global Hug Your Kids Day. Yea! Thanks, Karen!!

In the comments, they were discussing a similar story on This American Life about a dad who challenged himself to say “I love you” to his child every day for a month. This led me to pitch a story about the Hug Challenge to TAL. Here’s an excerpt of what I submitted. In case they accidentally don’t pick up the story, I thought I’d share it with you! Enjoy, comment, and pass it on.

I’m the founder of Global Hug Your Kids Day – which is next Monday, July 18, this year.  Instead of having events where families gather and hug their kids, I created the 30 Day Hug Challenge. It is completely no-cost and has 10 no-cost, downloadable gifts. Of course, the best part is the solid month of hugs from your kids and/or spouse/partner. Hugs and gifts – what a combination!

 I’m hoping that people will not only challenge themselves, but friends will challenge each other too. Who can hug their kids 30 days in a row? Divorced spouses who share custody of their children can challenge each other too. Who wins? Everyone – kids and parents. And as a result, schools and employers, because folks who get hugged by their families perform better the rest of the day. Just ask my mom!

 Our goal is to generate a million hugs in July, so we need everyone’s help. And besides, when you give a hug, you get one! And a million is only 10 people hugging their kids and telling 10 friends, repeated 4 times. Really!

 I created the holiday in memory of my son, Mark, who died suddenly at age 8 ½ years old of brain cancer in 1998. On his 5-year anniversary, we had billboards put up in Houston that said, “Hug Your Kids Today. We Wish We Could. In Memory of Mark Nichols 1989-1998.” Five years later, in 2008, I left being a writer for BusinessWeek to write a book, called “Hug Your Kids Today! 5 Key Lessons for Every Working Parent,” and start the holiday. We were in 28 states our second year and Pfizer took us to the Philippines the third year. This is our fourth year.

 Did you know there are 5 steps to a good hug?

  1. Free your hands and arms
  2. Empty your mind of distractions
  3. Make eye contact
  4. Then make heart contact
  5. Squeeze!

 Please help us reach our goal and hug your kids today. Then your spouse/partner. Then tell a few friends about the holiday and the challenge.

 A good hug can make your day. A great hug can change your life. Hugs matter!

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2011 Global Hug Your Kids Day is Monday, July 18

For those of you I’ve spoken with personally, you know that I’ve had a wild ride on Life’s roller coaster in the last year or more.

‘Just wanted you all to know that I am working really hard to have a GREAT 2011 Hug Your Kids event across the US and even globally. This week is Spring Break and finishing income taxes, so next week I hope to start making plans for the holiday. It’s 90 days from next Monday. Wow!

I did some hard work last week- I took a leave of absence without pay from my job marketing software for a cool company in Reno, just to focus on the holiday.  Lots of people can sell software, but the Hug project owns me.

Got ideas? Want to host a Hug Your Kids event in your town? Contact me via

Don't you just want to hug your kids on their birthday?


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Hug Your Kids – Even When “No High School”

Notice the shiny "RE"

When I drove past RENO HIGH SCHOOL this morning, my daughter pointed out that the RE were shiny. “That’s because kids are always stealing them, so the sign looks liked “NO HIGH SCHOOL.” What a hoot!

Since I’m a practical mom, I wondered why the school didn’t just put hinges on the back of the letters, so pranksters could lay them down, and the next day, the janitor could just set them up again, instead of having them stolen and then replaced.

This made me think about how flexiblity is also an important tool in our tool box as parents, as employees, and especially as working parents. Flexiblity about where and when the work gets done, but never about the heart and quality put into the work.

Hug your kids, even ridiculous ones that make the sign over their school read “No High School.”


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Hug Your Kids – Find a Way Even When it’s Difficult

Dad shares birthday cake and hugs with his kids

Tonight was my son’s 13th birthday. We adopted him when he was 4 1/2 years old, so it’s not a day for me to take any credit.

While I was buying him his first cell phone for his gift, somehow I bought myself an iPhone too.

My first email on my new iPhone? Some wisdom from my sweet husband:

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way.
If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

So true! People ask me how to hug a loved one that’s far away, or a prickly teen, or someone who doesn’t like to be touched. They tell me they’ve just given up. Then I hear wonderful stories, about care packages sent, favorite sandwiches left in work trucks, and other examples of “hugs.” Find a way to hug the ones you love.


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Hug Your Kids – By Showing up at School Band Concerts

Ah, Band Concerts - Packed with Proud Parents

“The love in your heads and your hearts don’t really mean much.” People are shocked when I say this, but then they nod in agreement. It’s why hugs are so powerful – they are love put into action.

I went to my daughter’s school band concert last night in Reno, NV. The local 6th graders played along with the junior high kids and the senior high students. Wow! What was just as amazing was there wasn’t a spare square foot in the bleachers for all their moms and dads.

Showing up for band concerts is another way parents put their love into action. All those parents had dozens of tasks they could be doing, but instead they sat for 2 hours to hear their child blow, bang or strum for their 5 minutes of glory. Everyone left feeling loved. Yea band parents!

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Hug Your Kids – I bet Marie Osmond Wishes She Could Hug Son Michael Again

Marie Osmond grieves the sudden death of her teenaged son, Michael Blosil,

Singer Marie Osmond’s 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, died by suicide last Friday, Feb. 26. We at the Hug Your Kids project extend our sympathies to the Osmond and Blosil families. What a loss – for his family, his friends, and the world in general.

BTW, saying “committed suicide” is not polite. We say “died by suicide” because the point is he’d dead, and can no longer love, laugh, or contribute. How he died is really beside the point. Not living = not living. Sure, she has 7 other children, but not one can be replaced by another. Every child is unique and irreplaceable.

The fact that Marie was a famous person from a famous family doesn’t make Michael’s death any more important – or any less. He was her son and she was his mother. That’s all that matters.

I can only hope that Marie had a chance to hug Michael the last time she saw him alive, and to tell him how much she loves him. Hugs may not be able to save a life but they can make the sudden death of a loved one more bearable for those left behind.
A hug for Marie and her family from another grieving mother.  Hug Your Kids and loved ones today!

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