When a baby is crying, the first thing that will come to our mind is to carry the baby and soothe her by hugging and kissing. Rocking the baby and hushing while saying out loud that everything is okay. That’s parental instinct and it comes to us naturally.
While for the baby, he/she tries to calm down knowing that there is someone close and that they are safe. They need to cling and rest on caregivers to make them feel safe. But when those little babes grow up, do we tend to forget these instincts or do we take those natural instincts for granted?
The power of touch or scientifically known as the “science of touch” is the primary source of giving/receiving compassion. During research, it has been found that touch has some incredible emotional and physical health benefits and it is truly fundamental for human communication, bonding and health. Touch releases the hormone oxytocin which helps us to form emotional connection with one another and fosters the sense of happiness and well-being.
This magical power of touch is especially important when it comes to our kids for their emotional, mental and physical growth. Its takes away their stress, gives them hope and increases their trust in us and inspires positivity, healing and love. It not only builds your connection and attachment but also has a great calming effect on your child.
It also helps in their growth, promotes health, increases intelligence, works wonders on their emotional intelligence, boosts happiness. Physical touch shows them that they are loved which increases their self-worth.
Here are some ways that you can use to implement the power of touch on your kids, no matter their age.
- Lots of kisses
- Stroking of head
- Brushing their hair with your fingers
- Pat on the back
- Holding their face when talking with compassion
- Snuggling during reading at bedtime
- High fives
- Fist bumps
- Sitting on lap
- Holding hands
- Tickles and more tickles
- Head massage, neck rub and body massages
- Holding arms and sitting close
- Gentle body strokes while sleeping
- Walking around holding hands when stepping out
- Contact games/sports like piggyback rides, wrestling on bed, tracing fingers on the back
- A family group hug
- Showing love while using the power of touch even when there are other people around.
I especially mentioned the last one as some parents forget to show their love when they are around others. Those are the times that your child might need you the most. Do not forget to use the magical power of touch and if your child is uncomfortable around new people and gets more clingy, let them be. They are just drawing your magical power of touch from within you. Isn’t that what we want too when nervous or scared?
Do you believe in the power of touch? What other ways do you use to express love with your kids or family? Share it in the comments.
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