Santa, Is a Hug Enough?

A hug is a simple way to let someone know you are there. A hug is also a way to tell someone that you love them.

Getting hugs can be a relief. You feel loved, you feel safe, and you feel secure. Getting hugs is not tricky, and hugs are free to anyone. You can give a hug to someone as long as you like.

A hug is also a way to show your child that you love them. Getting hugs helps your child relax and can even help your child fight off infections.

Some studies have shown that hugging can help children adapt positively to stressful situations. Getting hugs can also help your child build a sense of self-esteem. Self-esteem is an overall evaluation of your human value, and low self-esteem can lead to unhealthy relationships.

Hugging helps with child development. Studies have shown that children who receive more hugs have better brain development.

Oxytocin, released when you hug someone, can help stimulate growth. It also has a positive effect on reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.

Some people don’t feel comfortable giving hugs. You should always ask a person before you hug them. Sometimes hugs are too tight, and they can stress someone out.

Children who are deprived of physical contact may develop a growth deficiency or failure to thrive. If your child is not getting the nurturing touches they need, it may be time to think about whether hugs are right for your child.
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