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Hug Your Kids – Interview with Jeffrey Benjamin


Listen to Jeffrey Benjamin interview Hug Your Kids Founder, Michelle Nichols

You’ve read about Hug Your Kids. You might have even met Michelle Nichols, the founder. In this interview by Jeffrey Benjamin, founder of Breakthrough Training, you can learn why this message matters to every businessperson, regardless of whether they have kids or not. And if they do have kids, why they should forget “work-life balance,” and how they can be truly successful at work and life. This message impacts sales, business and life!
Listen and let me know if you agree, disagree or have someting to add!

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Work Life “Balance” Has Many Meanings

No confusion or translation here! Michelle hugs and loves her son.

I subscribe to “A Word a Day” www.wordsmith.org with Anu Garg . Today’s word was “canonical.” What struck me was the word had SIX meanings, and they weren’t consistent across Art, Music, Religion, Literature and Math!

This made me think about the phrase “Work-Life Balance.” I’ve found it also has many meanings. To some people, it means we spend the same # of hours working as our life. To others, it means we try to do something other than work 24/7. For most of us, it’s something in between – but what?

The good news? A hug from a parent to his or her child has one meaning: I love you.

Tell me, what does Work-Life Balance mean to you?

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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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“Hug Your Kids” says Cincinnati Reds Baseball Manager Dusty Baker about Adenhart

The Cincinnati Reds showed Nick Adenhart’s photo on the video board and asked fans to stand and remove their hats for a moment of silence in his memory before the seventh-inning stretch during their game against the New York Mets. “It makes you want to hug your kids. It just goes to show you, tomorrow’s not promised to anybody, so enjoy today,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Adenhart was the 22-year-old rookie was among three people who died early Thursday after their car was struck by a motorist who ran a red light. He made his season debut a few hours earlier in a loss to Oakland. It was just the fourth start and appearance of his major league career.

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Work-Life Balance a Diversity Issue Says IBM

Ron Glover, Vice President of Diversity and Workforce Programs, at IBM says, “Work/Life difficulty is no longer a women’s issue – it’s a people issue.

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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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