Each and every day, your hands help to finish tasks and reach others. With children, hands communicate needs. Tickling feet to get a laugh before a doctor’s visit or squeezing a hand on the first day of school can ease and distract young ones from the anxieties of new experiences. These small, loving actions are coping skills that can help everyone in the family stay connected. Take a moment to reflect on the beauty of your bones!
Trace your hands on a piece of paper. As you read through the five ways you use your hands to hold others, think about an actionable step you can take from the 5 H’s below to remember in times when you need it the most!
Helping Hands: Remember we’re not alone, and that there are always helpers. Keep a picture of you and dear friends close to celebrate the strength of community.
Hugs: Holding people we care about can make everyone feel safe and secure, comforted and reassured. Touch is critical for children’s growth, development, and health, as well as for adults’ physical and mental well-being. Find a chance to give and receive a hug with a loved one each day!
Hearts: Appreciate the power of kindness and compassion when showing empathy through love. Let someone know that you appreciate their presence in your life!
Hear: In simple everyday ways, you can give children important tools that will help them handle big feelings, little ones, and every feeling in between. Make a list of words that you and children can exchange to name emotions.
Here: Routines are some of the best ways that families can reestablish themselves in times of challenge and remind each other of stability and the importance of presence. Find a time during the week to celebrate with your family as a unit!
When we remember the things that keep us healthy and happy, we can better tend to those children in our care.
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