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Hugs: A Parent's Secret Weapon
by Colleen Langenfeld

It has happened again.

Another summer has whizzed by. My kids are another year older.

With two children grown and another two still under my 
wing, I have come to appreciate my fleeting opportunity 
to BE THERE for my young charges. To form and nurture a lasting relationship with each of them.

Frankly, I've come to see that a simple hug is a very 
powerful thing.

That being said, I would like to offer you a few 
compelling reasons to hug YOUR precious ones every 
single day.


- lower your blood pressure. Or at least feel like it.
- nurture a team spirit. The family team, that is.
- are free. So do it twice.
- are what kids honestly crave. No matter what they say!
- get kids' attention. And open their ears.
- can melt multiple harsh words. For both you and your 
- make you smile! And it's tough to stay angry when 
you're smilin'.
- model generosity of spirit. Give and you shall receive!
- are the right way to welcome home someone weary from his 
or her day.
- feel GREAT!

Many scientific studies have shown the positive effects 
of hugging. More importantly to me, I've seen the 
positive effects in my own family.

As parents, we sometimes grope for the right words to 
inspire our children. We question our own choice of 
disciplinary tactics. We agonize over our apparent 
inadequacies in this most important of jobs.

So hug.

Hugging is virtually always helpful (especially when our 
children claim to not want it); soothing, comforting, and 
very hard to over-do, as long as you are sincere.

Best of all, when the hugs start coming back at you, 
you'll know why 'Mom' or 'Dad' is the best title in the


Colleen Langenfeld offers helpful ideas to busy working 
moms. Use our resources at to make your life feel easier, healthier, and smarter. 

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