Sending your children off to school for the first time is a nerve-wrecking experience for any parent. So when a UK-based was told by her youngest son, four-year-old Max, that he cried after she left him on his first day, she knew she needed to find a way to help calm is nerves.
"I could tell he was feeling a little emotional this morning, so we had a chat and came up with the idea of having a heart [on our hands] and if we pressed it, it'd sent a hug to the other one — it totally worked!" Mallett . She drew the heart on the palm of his hand with a pen and added a spare one on his arm just in case the one on his hand wore off. Then they "charged" the hearts 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!'" she says. He also told Mallette he pressed the heart for a long time, but did not cry, meaning her trick worked. Quite proud of herself, Mallett says she's excited for her son to enjoy many more happy days at school, while she sits at home with the dog and cries that all her babies are at school now.
Mallett shared her idea with , a UK-based online community for mothers, in an attempt to help others. "Lots of mums in our lovely supportive community tried hug buttons too, and found that they also helped their child cope better with going to school for the first time," Alison McGarragh-Murphy, editor of The Motherload, . "It's such a sweet, simple way to help your child feel happier and more settled. All you need is a pen, two hands and a lot of love."
Like we said, genius.