It's Sad That We Need to Be Told to Hug Our Kids

hug your kidsHave you hugged your kids today? I'm guessing you have. If you're anything like me, you manage to snag hugs morning, noon, and night. If your kids haven't reached that un-touchable stage, they probably grab you for a hug as often as you grab them. So why do we need a 30-Day Hug Challenge to get people all up on their kids?

Even though I do think it's probably not necessary to remind parents to hug their kids (is it?), the motivation behind this challenge will break your heart.


The challenge all began with just one day, Global Hug Your Kids Day, started by Michelle Nichols. Michelle lost her 8-year-old son Mark to brain cancer in 1998. Five years later she put up a billboard in her hometown of Houston that said, "Hug Your Kids Today. We Wish We Could. In Memory of Mark Steven Nichols 1989 - 1998." From this memorial to the first National Hug Your Kids Day in July of 2008, it all stemmed from the pain of loss. Reminding us of what we have, and what could be lost in the blink of an eye is hugely important. Especially on those days when you're at the end of your rope.

But I have to think that parents who have to sign on to a 30-day challenge have bigger problems. If you can't remember to show your children love, you're in trouble. Seek therapy, because a "challenge" is not gonna cut it for you.

Working parents are busy, stressed, and can lose perspective. But I hope I never get to the point where I can't remember to hug my kids multiple times per day. In fact, my husband and I both find it to be grounding to grab our kids and hold tight. It's the perfect antidote to a crappy day. I don't need a reminder or a challenge; I have my two beautiful children right in front of me. They're impossible not to hug.

Do you need a reminder to hug your kids?

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