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Celebrating Global Hug Your Kids Day

Celebrating Global Hug Your Kids Day

They tell you no, run away from you and use up all of your money. They throw a fit, leave a mess and seem to take extra long to get anything done. But, they also cuddle with you, love to play games and ask to read a book. They tell you they love you and look up to you as their hero. There’s no doubt about it: kids are a challenge. If you’re a parent, you know how grueling the role of caregiver can be.

But, being a parent is also the most rewarding experience in life. Especially if you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there’s nothing quite so altruistic as parenting. Kids rely on you for their every need, and you show them how much you care by providing, serving and giving affection. And what better way to show affection than by celebrating today—Global Hug Your Kids Day!

Global Hug Your Kids Day is a day we can all get our arms around. Celebrated on the third Monday of July, the purpose of today is simple: hug your kids. Show them how much you love, comfort and support them by giving them hugs which make them feel safe and secure. Still, there’s more to Global Hug Your Kids Day than just giving your kiddos a hug or two. If you want to celebrate today, here are some fun ideas to get you started.

1. Give your kids a hug.
Obviously, one of the easiest ways to celebrate Global Hug Your Kids Day is by giving your kids a hug. After a tragedy, one common sentiment and saying people share is along the lines of, “Be sure to hug your kids.” But, why not strive to continually show your children affection through hugs? Use today as an excuse to give your kids a big, loving hug, and show them how much you care. Get into a consistent habit of hugging and making sure your kids feel loved.

2. Hug other kids you care about.
If you don't have children, fret not! You can still get in on the holiday. Use today to give other kids in your life a hug and show them how much you love them. If you have a niece or nephew, a child mentee or even a family friend, give them a hug today. Or, if you are a parent, see what other children in your life might need a hug today. Maybe their parents are no longer with them, and they need someone to step in. Celebrate the holiday by giving hugs to kids in your life from a variety of different backgrounds.

3. Learn the science behind hugs.
If you celebrate Global Hug Your Kids Day, why not learn some of the science behind hugs? Turns out, hugs are actually extremely beneficial to our emotional, mental and even physical health. According to a Reader’s Digest article, hugs can boost your immune system, lower stress levels, increase self-esteem, reduce depression and even promote trust. In fact, hugs are critical to our physical and emotional survival. Dr. Deb Castaldo, Ph.D., even reported that babies and animals who do not enjoy touch benefits can fall victim to the “failure to thrive” condition, which can literally result in death. So, take today and start hugging, for your own sake and for the sake of your children!

4. Discover your kid’s love language.
Finally, use today to research and understand your child’s love language. A love language refers to how someone prefers to receive and/or demonstrate their love and affection for another person. Various studies and scholars have identified “The Five Love Languages” as words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch.

While hugging might be a great way to show love, physical touch might not even be your child’s main love language. Take time to consider what your kids’ love languages might be, and how best you can demonstrate love to fit their needs. For instance, if your child loves quality time, then a great way to show affection might be spending some one-on-one time with him/her, rather than always spending time as a big family.

Nothing is more altruistic than parenthood. If you’re a parent—or even if you’re not—take today to celebrate Global Hug Your Kids Day. Give your kids a hug and show them how much you truly love them. Today is the perfect opportunity to show your kids you appreciate them, and demonstrate your love with a great, big hug.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

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