I recently read an article that mentioned how increased affection towards our littles can be beneficial to their overall health.
The following information was obtained directly from the article:
- “Science supports the idea that warmth and affection expressed by parents to their children results in life-long positive outcomes for those children.”
- “There have been a number of recent studies that highlight the relationship between parental affection and children’s happiness and success.”
- “Higher self esteem, improved academic performance, better parent-child communication, and fewer psychological and behavior problems have been linked to this type of affection.”
My husband often gives me a hard time about smothering Grayson in love. After reading this article, I was reassured that my parenting style is beneficial. One way I incorporate affection is with post nap cuddles. After Gray’s nap, we lay on the couch and cuddle until he starts squirming and wants to play. It’s my absolute favorite part of the day.
Below is a list of suggestions to bring more affection into your family’s day:
1. From the moment you bring your baby home from the hospital, be sure to hold, touch, and rock them in your arms.
Spend many precious moments caressing your baby so that their skin can touch your skin.
2. As they get older, be playful.
Do fun activities like dancing together or creating silly games like pretending to be a hugging or kissing monster.
3. Making hugging a part of your daily routine.
Make sure to give your kids a hug during certain times of the day, such as before they leave for school, when they get home from school, and before bedtime.
4. Use affection while disciplining your child.
As you talk to them about what they did wrong, put your hand on their shoulder and give them a hug at the end of the conversation to ensure them that, even if you are not pleased with their behavior, you still love them.
The original article can be read here.
In the comments, let me know other ways to incorporate affection into your day.