The Importance of a Hug is part of my compensated participation as a Big Hug Elmo ambassador with PTPA Media. All thoughts and experiences are my own.
When it comes to other adults, I’m not big on hugs. I am hugger when it comes to those close to me and children. As a teacher I embraced my children with open arms and saw first hand the power and importance of a hug on both good days and more challenging days. As a mom there is nothing I love more than hugging W. I would probably hug and snuggle him all day long if he would let me!
The Importance of a Hug
I can still remember the first time I held him and hugged him to my chest. It was mere moments after I gave birth to him and we were both still in the tub of water. It was amazing and although I know the power of the moment has faded slightly over the past few years, I can still remember the memory of it.
Since that day, a simple hug from mom has been something that seems to be able to cure most of W’s problems. It’s a powerful thing and I hope the power of my hug never fades for him. I’m pretty sure that hugs have the ability to heal and lift spirits. Yes, I had to go look it up and see what people have said about the power of hugs.
Here’s what I learned:
- Hugs build trust and a feeling of safety which helps with open communication.
- Hugs can boost oxytocin levels which help heal those feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
- Hugs boost self-esteem!
- Hugging also relaxes muscles and helps reduce tension in our bodies.
- Hugs teach how to give and receive.
I will never doubt the importance of a hug!
Meet Big Hugs Elmo
When we had the opportunity to bring Big Hugs Elmo into our home, I had a feeling that our new friend would be a hit. W is definitely a cuddler. When he falls down and gets hurt, a hug always seems to make everything better. When he’s tired and just can’t seem to let himself fall asleep, a few hugs and some cuddles do the trick.
He’s an affectionate little boy and he’s also an Elmo fan. His favorite red pacifiers once featured pictures of Elmo before they were used so much that the pictures rubbed away. But W still remembers which ones are his Elmo “babbies.” So we’re looking forward to many adventures with Elmo over the next few months.
And I’m hoping having a new friend to hug will help W through the transition of becoming a big brother!
When has a hug helped your child?
Disclosure: I am participating in the Hasbro Big Hugs Elmo Blogger Campaign by PTPA Media and received compensation as a thank you for participating. The opinions expressed on this blog are my own.