Hugging: Why You Should Always Be the Last One to Let Go

 

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s easy to overlook the simple, yet profound, ways we can connect with our children. One of the most powerful and underrated tools for fostering this connection is the humble hug. Hugging is more than just a gesture of affection; it is a vital part of building a strong, emotional bond with your child. In this blog, we will explore why you should always be the last one to let go when hugging your child and the numerous benefits this small act can bring.

The Power of a Hug

Hugging is an instinctive form of human connection that transcends language and culture. It is one of the earliest forms of communication we experience, beginning from the moment we are born. The warmth and comfort of a parent's embrace offer a sense of safety and security that is essential for a child's emotional development.

The Benefits of Hugging for Children

1. Enhances Emotional Security

When you hug your child, you are providing a physical reminder that...

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Silent Regulation: How Mothers Can Calm Their Children Without Words

 

 

 In the daily hustle and bustle of motherhood, there are moments when words fail us. Our children, especially those with strong wills or neurodivergent traits, often react to our energy and presence more than our spoken instructions. This silent dance of regulation, deeply rooted in polyvagal theory, shows us that sometimes, the most powerful way to calm and guide our children is without saying a word!

Understanding Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal theory, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, explains how our autonomic nervous system regulates our emotional and physiological states. It highlights three primary states:

  1. Social Engagement: When we feel safe and connected, our nervous system is in a calm, regulated state.
  2. Fight or Flight: When we perceive danger, our system becomes activated, preparing us to confront or flee the threat.
  3. Freeze: In extreme cases of threat, our system may shut down, leading to feelings of numbness or disconnection.

For mothers, understanding...

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