Celebrating Hug Your Kids Day

Categories: Child Welfare

“A silent hug means a thousand words to the heart”

Hugging purely makes you feel good. Whether it’s a simple squeeze or a big bear hug, there are plenty of reasons why parents should embrace the act of hugging their children. Research has concluded that children’s development, including how the cope with stress as adults, depends on a combination of nature and nurture.


Leading up to National Hug Your Kids Day, celebrated on July 17th, Family Matters asks Greater Washington’s parents to make hugging your children a daily habit. The simple act of giving a hug is known to boost the immune system, cure depression and reduce stress.

It is often easy for parents to identify a child’s physical needs: nutritious food, warm clothes and enough sleep. However, a child’s mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious. Good mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially and learn new skills.

Hugs are seen as a symbol of unconditional love. At Family Matters, we believe that love, security and acceptance should be at the heart of family life. We are always here to help families with our scope of services including mental health, home health, community integration and more.