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Yahoo News Announces Global Hug Your Kids Day

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We’ve been blessed by more media attention this year. Yea! Hopefully, that means more kids -and their parents – will get hugged, and that, after all, is the point of the holiday.

I was thrilled that we were announced on Yahoo News as the lead story by contributor Cherri Megasko | Yahoo! Contributor Network last week. Here’s the link: http://news.yahoo.com/july-16-global-hug-kids-day-national-corn-065000477.html  I love that our holiday is in the name of the link.

A big hug to Cherri!

 

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Hug Your Kids – For Rare Disease Day

Addi and Cassi Hempel, who are battling Niemann Pick Type C AKA Children's Alzheimer's

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. http://www.crdnetwork.org 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!

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Hug Your Kids Project Like a St. Bernard

The Hug Your Kids project "hounded" me like a drooly, deep-eyed St. Bernard

I tried to put my Hug Your Kids project on the back burner, but it was like a big St. Bernard dog that kept hounding me (pardon the pun) and begging me to take him  home and love him.

“It’s not logical, especially not in this economy,” I told him. He just looked at me with his deep, brown eyes and gave me a crazy, drooly smile.  He seemed to say, “I know it’s not logical, but if you do you’ll be rewarded in ways you can’t even imagine.” How could I resist a sales pitch like that? So I’m resuming full-time work on the Hug Your Kids project.

Step One is to get our official non-profit status. I’ve already started the paperwork. Step Two is to rename the holiday Global Hug Your Kids Day, and start to encourage folks all across the US and even the world to organize small events in their town, in honor of a special kid or just for all the families nearby. I’ll cross-promote them through Hug Your Kids, like a hub. http://www.HugYourKidsToday.com

So, Happy 2010. ‘Hope it’s full of great hugs – and don’t forget, to hug your kids and your spouse/ partner today!

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Mothers, Fathers and Kids! One Million Hug Challenge

Yes, one MILLION (channel your inner Austin Powers when you read this number) hugs is our goal for National Hug Your Kids Day on July 20, 2009.

We can do it – together. If 10 people hug their kids and tell 10 friends to hug their kids and tell 10 friends, it just takes 5 iterations for us to reach one MILLION. That’s so doable, it’s almost laughable.

But it starts with you hugging your kids.

And telling 10 friends.

Think we can reach this goal? If so, how long do you think it will take?

How can we speed it up?

Comment below with your thoughts, ideas and, well, comments!

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Unemployment Can Be a Gift to Mothers

Businesspeople often talk about “unintended consequences,” but here’s one I didn’t think of. NPR just published a story about how executive women who lost their jobs recently are spending more time with their kids and learning more about them. They’re spending time with their children at their schools, daycares and doctor’s offices, apparently places the nannies went in their stead when the moms worked full time. http://tinyurl.com/cspcds

What do you think? I think it’s an opportunity for the kids have quality time. I know it’s hard to see unemployment as a gift to mothers , but from a kid’s view, it just might be. 

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Parents Should NOT Balance Work and Family

For working parents these days, it’s like we’re fighting in a smoke-filled room. It’s  critical to discern what is important, and what is not so important, which comes from prioritizing.

I believe that work-life balance is the wrong goal. When you’re trying to hold onto your job AND keep your family relationships going, then “balance” is an illogical, impossible – and downright dangerous plan. It’s illogical because work and family are not of equal value, impossible because there is no conversion rate for work and family so they can’t be balanced, and dangerous because work is ultimately replaceable and family is irreplaceable so your health can be put at risk if they are made equal.

Instead, I recommend people prioritize. It’s not 50% work and 50% family; it’s family first and work a close second! That means, hug your kids, spouse/partner/loved ones – and then get to work. By taking care of the most important thing first, it lets people focus on their work and get more done! For more info, http://www.hugyourkidstoday.com

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Mom Buys New Basketball Hoop for Better Parent-Child Communications

My son recently had his 12th birthday and my hubby and I bought him a basketball hoop. I’m not trying to raise the next NBA star (OK, I’ve started too late for this goal anyway,) but I was also thinking that maybe my son and I could spend some time together shooting baskets while we talk about his day, his dreams and of course, girls.

Sure there’s a depression, recession, or whatever, but he’ll only be 12 once – and I’ll only be this age once too. Parenthood is a gift and it’s fleeting. For more info: www.hugyourkidstoday.com

Daniel Levine, a trend spotter at the Avant-Guide Institute who analyzes social trends recently said “People are being more value conscious, but just as important, they’re being more conscious of their values, and what that means is that they’re looking for experiences that speak to their heart.”

Anyone for a game of Horse?

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