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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 – Dan Clark says Emotion Leads to Action

Pro speaker Dan Clark says "Emotion leads to Action."

I heard professional speaker Dan Clark speak in Reno last week and while he made several great points, there was one that stayed with me, that my mind kept turning over and over like a shiny rock for the next several days. He said something like logic increases knowledge but emotion creates action. Action – the goal of every speaker.

I think it’s this emotional connection around the words “Hug Your Kids” that makes it so powerful. “Hug” is an action word. “Kids” has a very strong emotional kick, because even if you don’t have kids, you once were a kid. “Your” brings home the bacon, that is, it is the link between the action and the heart.

“Hug Your Kids” came from the billboards our family had put up for just one day in Houston on the 5 year anniversary of our son Mark’s death, in 2003. They said “HUG YOUR KIDS TODAY. WE WISH WE COULD. IN MEMORY OF MARK NICHOLS 1989 – 1998.” Powerful stuff.

The Hug Your Kids project has turned those 2 billboards for one day into a global, year-around movement – because it causes action. Hug your kids, spouse/ partner and loved ones, today!

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