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Hugging promotes wellness

Today’s motivation for mom says: 

For me hugging and kissing my kids do not only comfort or pacify their weary hearts but assure them how much I love them even if there are moments when mommy is in terrible mood. I asked my son if it is important for a child to be hugged and kissed by a mom. In a deep thought he said, it (hugging) gives the child the feeling that he is important and loved.

I’m sharing a note on the benefits of hugging:

Hugging is not only a nice way to start the day, but it’s also necessary for our positive physical and emotional well-being, according to recent research.
Benefits for kids
Various experiments have shown that hugging can make people feel better about themselves, positively affect children’s language skills and IQ, and help improve the mental outlook of the person who is being hugged, as well as the hugger. According to author, nurse and hug expert Kathleen Keating in The Hug Therapy Book, hugging is a very special form of touch therapy that significantly contributes to the way a person heals, and his/her overall health.

Benefits for couples
Another true-life example is given by David Bresler, Ph.D, former director of UCLA’s Pain Control Clinic, who instructed a female patient suffering from reoccurring pain to receive four hugs a day administered by her husband. Once her hugging therapy began, the patient’s pain subsided. Touch therapy expert Helen Colton says that touch is a basic healing need sometimes even more vital than medication. Colton’s observations indicate that when a person’s need for hugging is satisfied, he becomes physically and emotionally stronger and better able to handle problems or traumas.

 Go and give your kids and hubby a hug. I’ll do my share after this. 🙂

Seeking help for a problematic child?

Neighbors especially store owners have been complaining a 10-year-old girl in the neighborhood for stealing goods and cash from their store. Just this morning, the girl ‘strikes’ again. She was caught red-handed by the store owner picking a pack of sugar worth P10. I was told that the grandmother gave the little girl some money to purchase a pack of sugar. But instead of paying for the item, she stole it.

The girl’s mother was not in the country to address the situation. She just left yesterday to work as an employee abroad. The one left to take care of the girl’s mess was her aging grandmother, who incidentally is also looking after the girl’s three younger siblings age 4, 3 and 1.

Some neighbors expressed their concern over the girl’s predicament. They worry that the ‘stealing’ will happen unabated unless some measures are taken to help the child. Some heartless neighbors are beginning to call her names like little klepto.

As a mother, I, too is afraid of the child’s future. I wish to help the child since I know her family. I’m thinking of seeking the advise and later assistance of representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the area.

The girl could be going through a ‘traumatic condition’ that only an expert can address. Can you give me an additional insight on this? With your help maybe we can do something to save the child from further doing bad things or save her from the possible implications of her actions like irate neighbors inflicting harm on her. Any suggestion is deeply appreciated.