I don’t think I ever wrapped up month 3 before moving on to month 4. So, in month 3 I have been working on giving my kids more hugs and reporting on the results each week. The results have been incredible, I can’t even begin to say how helpful this challenge has been to me as a Mom and probably the most helpful of all things things I’ve done so far. First of all, it takes only a few seconds to give a hug. Second of all, it’s good for everyone involved. And third, that physical affection makes everyone feel more loved, so its a win-win-win!
I started keeping track of how many hugs I was giving my kids. I would give the youngest 10+ hugs per day, the middle one usually initiates hugs with me so I would give her 5+ per day. But my oldest daughter used to never initiate hugs until I did this parenting plan. I thought she was growing out of hugs, but I think she was just waiting for me to show I loved her. After specifically being mindful of giving her lots of hugs, she has initiated hugs with me many many times. It’s made a huge huge difference to me and made me more patient and compassionate toward her struggles (and she hasn’t had as many struggles as usual). I just wish every Mom out there would try this, it’s so incredible!
I just feel like each month with this parenting plan, I barely even have to try and I get amazing, powerful results that help me become better. I’m always surprised by how much I’ve been blessed with and how important my family is to me. I want to be a better Mom and the little things do make a big difference.
One last thing I noticed this month is that my kids were giving each other hugs and holding hands. WOW!