How The ‘Hug Button’ Is Helping Kids W/Anxiety Brave Back To School [PHOTOS]
Heading back to school can bring on a flood of emotions from happy to totally anxious. The 'Hug Button' is helping kids with anxiety or nervous feelings brave the school day.
EVEN THE MOST OUTGOING KIDS GET NERVOUS
I'm a pretty outgoing person. Growing up I moved around 13 times before high school where I stayed in one school FINALLY. During those years I can recall the first day I attended a new school and each time I was nervous. My momma always took me. She would tell me how very much she loved me and whether it was a little note or a special bracelet or a rock of some sort she always gave me something to cling onto during that time so I could look at it and think of her and know she was thinking of me too.
KEEP TRADITION WITH MY OWN DAUGHTER
Last year my own daughter started Kindergarten. She is very outgoing and loves being in a social scene but she had the first-day jitters just a bit. She quietly told me she would miss me. To my delight our sweet friends Lindsey and Blaire dropped off bracelets on our front porch so that we both could wear one on her first day. These bracelets were to signify we were both together even though we were apart.
They worked like a charm (no pun intended) and when she came out of school she was smiling from ear to ear. That night when I was tucking her in she said "mommy my bracelet made me feel so close to you today and I hugged it." I melted of course.
I had no idea there were more parents doing the same type of thing with their own children and I think it rocks.
WHAT THE HECK IS A HUG BUTTON?
The hug button was invented or at least placed on social media in 2016 when Louise Hannah was sending her youngest child off to all-day preschool. There were lots of emotions so they talked and decided to draw a heart on each of their hands and then pressed them together to charge them. When he was at school he could press the heart when he was missing his mom. When he arrived home IT HAD WORKED!
Now five years later it is still being used by parents all over the world and it made it right here to Owensboro. Some friends of ours sent me a photo of their matching hearts on their hands and I didn't know what it meant until I saw another post. I decided to do the research and here we are. I asked her if I could share the photo and she said "ABSOLUTELY"
If you're a parent with a nervous or anxious kiddo this may help. Every child is different and parents know their children best. This may be something to use beyond the first day of school and for other situations in their life. Whatever you choose here's to hoping and praying your precious children always know you love them.