Mom's 'Hug Button' Trick Helps Her Son Cope When He Misses Her At School

"I pressed it for a long time Mummy, but I didn't cry."

The start of the school year can be tough for young kids and parents alike. Kids have to cope with being away from their parents and having to make new friends, and parents are often left worrying whether they're child is doing OK.

Louise Mallett's youngest son was feeling nervous ahead of his first full day of school after attending a few morning sessions. So, the mom came up with a clever way to make him feel better.


She created a heart-shaped "hug button" for him.

In a Facebook post, Mallett explains that she came up with the idea to draw a heart on each of their hands that they can "share" their feelings through.

"We had a chat and came up with the idea of having a heart each, and if we pressed it, it sent a hug to the other one. (He said he cried as he missed me on his first half day last week). It totally worked," she explained. "I drew a heart on both our hands and gave him a spare one on his arm in case the one on his hand wore off. We 'charged' them by holding hands on the way to school."

"When I picked [him] up, I said, 'Did you get my hugs?' and he happily said 'Yep!' "

He also explained to his mom that he made use of the button when he was feeling upset. "I pressed it for a long time Mummy, but I didn't cry." 

The mom-of-three also asked if he felt the hug  she sent him through her button, and he replied that he did.

Mallet explained that she made her Facebook post public so she could share the trick with other parents who have kids who are struggling to adjust to school. The hack is now going viral with other parents sharing their tips on Facebook.

One wrote, "My mom did something similar, she gave me a heart necklace. It had two entwined hearts and she told me when I felt sad and upset and missed her, I just had to press it and hold it and she would feel me hug the necklace. It totally worked and I still have it, I'll be 30 next year."

Mallet also shared an update on her son's third day of school. She wrote, "We're still doing the #hugheart, he told me off this morning as we were holding hands the wrong side 'they won't charge Mummy!' Silly me. He said he's still sending me hugs and I told him I felt every one and always sent one back, and he said he got them all I'm loving our secret messaging."

(H/T: Scary Mommy)


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