Showing You Care

Start a hugging routine with your child to show them you care.

Watch the video together and point out that Rosita is a good hugger. Explain that hugs can make even the hardest days just a little bit easier! Start a hugging routine: each morning and at bedtime, repeat this rhyme:

A hug for you (give child a hug)

A hug for me (child gives you a hug)

How warm and fuzzy a hug can be!

This consistent routine can be something kids look forward to each day—there’s always a hug waiting!

Everyone’s experience growing up affects their own parenting—for instance, we might not feel comfortable hugging kids. But research shows that lots of comforting, nurturing touch is actually necessary for healthy brain development.