Today (Monday) is “Global Hug Your Kids Day,” started five years ago by Michelle Nichols on the anniversary of the death of her 8-year-old son just eleven days after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. This year, Nichols is emphasizing the health benefits of hugging. We’ll hear comments today from Nichols; Stacey Scarpone executive director, Women’s Fund of Long Island; and Claire Lerner, director of parenting resources, Zero to Three. Inside The Morning News..
Michelle Nichols started Global Hug Your Kids Day on the tenth anniversary of the death of her 8-year-old son, Mark, who died a mere eleven days after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. She doesn’t want anyone faced with a similar loss to regret not hugging their child. With the promotional savvy earned as a former columnist for Businessweek, she’s pointing out this year – the movement’s fifth – that hugs can be just what the doctor ordered … in terms of “affordable health care.”