This week during a group coaching Skype video conference call, one of the dads on the call added a tip that I just have to pass on to you. It’s fantastic. We talked about showing affection to our kids, specifically about hugging, and this great dad said he’d heard something once that he had made his own, and how great it works.
Here it is.
When hugging your kids, never be the one to end the hug.
That’s it. Simple, eh? (This dad’s Canadian, so the “eh” is in honor of him!).
Well, he said it wasn’t so simple to practice. Sometimes, he said, he was ready to let go, but one of his kids wasn’t. He learned that when our kids get filled up and they’re ready to end the hug, they will. Until then, hold on and fill your kids’ love tanks.
That’s it for today.
Except this: I just had lunch with a man who received my email earlier this week about hugging our kids. He told me he went home that evening, and before his family had dinner, he told them all to stand up. He then said he had read something that day that told him he should hug his kids more. So he hugged his 19-year old son and 17-year old daughter. Then they had dinner. He was all smiles when he told me this. I’ll bet his kids were, too, when it happened.
Go home and hug your kids tonight.
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