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How Often Do You Hug Your Child?

I hear many people say, “being a parent is hard.” Oh where shall I begin? Is it from the paranoia you suddenly develop about your child’s safety?  Could it be from the lack of sleep from being at their constant beckon call? Perhaps the hardship is from the financial stress of added expenses you’re suddenly responsible for so you can feed an extra mouth? Of course, we won’t even mention the day to day activities that go on …

Yes, we know! Parenthood can be difficult

Hug Your ChildParenthood is such a sweet thing when everything is going so perfectly. Difficult times are more prominent with parents of young children who walk around like zombies. The deep bags under their eyes and the forgetfulness is all a dead giveaway.

All of this sounds overwhelming, but if you asked any parent, they would never ever give it up for anything. Time is precious with our children and the days they openly come to us and want to wrap their arms around us are limited. So whenever possible, embrace those hugs before they are severely minimized.

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The owner of a cafe nearby had a son with a terminal illness. The community worked together to help gather some donations for him towards surgery. Sadly, his parents knew there was nothing that could really be done. He died at the age of 10.

The cafe owner was a very strong woman. She kept her spirits up, but we all knew she was so heartbroken. How can she not? She was never going to have the chance to see her son grow up. He was never going to go to high school or have his first kiss or get to do any of the things we all look forward to as parents.

I was in absolute sadness for this woman and her husband. It was a very sad thing for us to even talk about, but it made realize just how precious every moment is with our children. Loss, especially the loss of someone so close and special to you is one of the saddest feelings anyone can ever go through. A mother losing her child is like losing an appendage or worse.

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Give those hugs while you can

If you’ve just read this, take a moment and just hug your children. Hug a few moments and hug with every feeling you have. You never know which hug and cuddle will be forever cherished by them.

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Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop is the proud mommy to little Oliver and wife to hubby. She is a resident of Laguna Beach and a big player in the web's large social media circle.


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  • This is a great post. I’m a father of a 4 1/2 yr old, and I hug him every chance I get. When I wake him up in the morning, when I drop him at school, when I pick him up from school, and when I put him to bed at night. Then I’ll sneak a hug or snuggle whenever the opportunity arises. Hug those kiddos people!

  • oh, this is so sad.. My heart goes out to the parents. I cannot imagine this happen to me and something horrible like this happening to my little ones… I do hug my kids… sometimes, I think I cannot get enough of them.. I treasure each and every minute and make it a point not to take anything for granted when it comes to them. Thank you for writing this… your words echoes my thoughts right now.. I pray for them…

  • Wonderful post!. Every new parent must read this. Give your kids a hug the moment they wake up, before leaving for school, when they come from school, before bedtime, in photos…at any chance but most especially when they are being naughty.

    Sometimes i hug my little boy so tight and smell him I’m afraid he’d ran out of breath haha

  • Wow you got me with this one-I am wiping tears away as I type. I think it is so important not only to show children love but to show them value. My son is 15 so my days of snuggling with him are over but I still hug him every night. I tell him I love him often but at this age I let him know how much I value him.

  • What a great post, and an important sentiment to remind people of. When I was 14, I met a boy at a school dance that ended up becoming a very good friend of mine. I didn’t know until a few months later that he had been fighting Leukemia, and he fought long and hard for years. In the end, when he was just 16 years old, he died and it was my first experience with death at an age where I fully understood what it meant, and it was the first person in my life who was around my age who had died. It hit me particularly hard. A few weeks later, I received a phone call from his father to let me know that my friend had put together a small bag of mementos and things to remember him by for me. He knew he was going to die and had prepared for it. A little over a decade later, I think of him often, especially when I experience milestones, such as buying my house last year and getting engaged. He never had the opportunity to grow up and make a life for himself, so regardless of how my life is going or what I wish I could change, I’m always reminded to be thankful for what I do have and the time that I have been given in this world.

    • This is so touching Holly. It’s actually melted my heart. I can’t imagine what you went through, trying to get over it or get through it. It’s nice to still remember him and to really know how to value life through it. It’s sad that it had to happen that way but I am a firm believer in things happening for a better purpose. Thank you for sharing Holly.

  • I couldn’t imagine how it feel knowing that you will never see your child reach all the milestones. My kids are older and get hugs when they let me..LOL

  • Awe… you know, Hubby and I were just talking about how loving we are with our children. Neither of us were raised that way, but you can guarantee that if my 6-year-old sees us, while he is with his friends on the playground or at camp or school, he will call out and blow kisses… LOL… so proud that we have showed them that it is OKAY to show affection! Thanks for the post

  • Hi, Lexie:

    The only thing sadder than seeing someone with an illness, is seeing a child with an illness. It really makes everything else in life….very small. My best friend of 9 years has advanced, incurable cancer and it makes me so sad. I truly can’t imagine what it must feel like to have a child especially one’s own have a terminal illness.

    Thanks for sharing this simple, but powerful reminder – to hug your child whenever you can. Lovely sentiment indeed.

  • Because my kids are older (ages 23, 20 and 18) I sneak a hug as often as I can. Sometimes they’re a little embarrassed but many times I think they are contented by my act of love.

  • I don’t have children but can not imagine what a mother or a father would go through knowing for sure their child would not be with them in a short period of time. Letting your child know you love and appreciate them by such a simple thing as a hug will make all the difference in their worlds.

  • That was a sweet information :-).
    Love is something to be shown openly. Not to be hide inside heart and show up after someone is hurt!.

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Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop is the proud mommy to little Oliver and wife to hubby. She is a resident of Laguna Beach and a big player in the web's large social media circle.