If you thought that hugs were only good for expressing affection and connection, think again: they're a necessary part of brain development. Researchers have discovered that children who are hugged more have more brain development and are more intelligent on average than those that aren't, so if you're a hugger, your kids are benefiting from it.
That's not to say that you should just hug your kids all the time; respecting their wishes as they learn to establish boundaries is crucial to them learning how to own and protect their own bodies. So when a kid doesn't feel like a hug, don't push it. But make sure you get hugs in every day with your babies and toddlers as they grow to promote not just your own bond, but their brain development as well. Hugging is also a great stress reliever.
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