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Javier Colon, Stitch by Stitch, Hugs for Global Hug Your Kids Day

Javier Colon, winner of The Voice TV show, was on the popular Bill and Connie Radio show on Alice 96.5  just before me today. He sang and played the guitar of his winning song, Stitch by Stitch. Not only was he good looking and very talented, he was a geniunely nice guy. When he heard that it was Global Hug Your Kids Day, he told me he longed to hug his two daughters, ages 3 years and 22 months.

Bill and Connie were great fun. They helped me spread the word about the

Javier Colon, winner of The Voice TV show, with Michelle Nichols, founder of Global Hug Your Kids Day


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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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Josh Hamilton, Shannon Stone, and Hug Your Kids

If you’re a baseball fan, I’m sure you’ve heard the tragic story of Josh Hamilton, all-star outfielder for the Texas Rangers, who threw a ball up into the stands where father Shannon Stone tried to catch it for his 6-year old son, Cooper. Dad overstretched, fell over the wall, and died. Ouch!

Scott Miller, Senior CBS Sports writer, in a recent story, adds this:

Funeral’s today, Hamilton repeated, and this should not be a subject for an All-Star Game. A father takes his 6-year-old son to a baseball game and never comes home? It is just one more harsh reminder. Do not dwell on who’s not here, on what you don’t have. Appreciate what — and who — you do. Hug your kids, count your blessings, be kind to others.

Hug your kids – good advice all year around, for all kids and parents.

PS Don’t forget – this Monday, July 18, is Global Hug Your Kids Day. If you want to get involved, take the 30 Day Hug Challenge at It’s free, fun, and you get 10 free gifts AND a month of hugs from your kids. It doesn’t get any better than that! What Cooper Stone wouldn’t give for one more hug with his dad.

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Facebook, Social Media Day Values Hugs, So Hug Your Kids!

In Grand Junction, CO, they declared it Social Media Day. They raved about how great and wonderful social media is (and we agree) but concluded: Social media is fun but there’s still something to meeting face-to-face,” said Kettlewell. “There’s still something to shaking hands, and there’s definitely something to making sure you hug your kids.”

Hugs equal to Facebook. Gotta’ love that! Hugs go way beyond “work-life balance.” They are like a super power for working parents.

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Hug Your Kids – Relaunch Work-Life Priorities Professional Speaker, Michelle Nichols

Kim Auer Nash, left, and Laura, right, say "Cheese" with Work-Life Priorities speaker Michelle Nichols in Nashville, TN

‘Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet here. I’m re-launching my corporate speaking biz, which pays the bills for Hug Your Kids. Overhauling the website has been a real bear but it’s already so much better than it was when I left it last Fall. Peek (but don’t laugh, it’s not all done yet,) at . It has its own FB page, so we can keep the Hugs work separate from the corporate work.

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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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