This week we are starting the challenge in a very simple, but powerful way.
Simply touching each other, whether it be your children, your partner or your friends is an instantaneous way to form a connection.
You can do this with hugs, you can do it by stroking or playing with your child’s hair, and you can do it by placing your hand on the small back of your spouse or on their arms as you stand next to them.
How about when you go for a drive today, when is the last time you placed your hands on the inner thighs of your partner as he or she drives. Isn’t that such a simple, yet sweet thing to do. I know it still gives me butterflies whenever my husband does that.
How about sneaking into the kitchen for a short embrace while the cooking happens or for leaning in to touch a cheek and steal a kiss while handing your partner their coffee? Or for that matter, when you hand your child a water cup?
How about holding your child’s hand in yours and doing a pretend palm reading, or drawing them close to you and having a tickling war?
How about a back rub – or back scratch for that matter? My kids love those! Most wives loves those too.
How about letting your kids do your hair or your make-up? These are amazing opportunities to laugh, but also to connect in a very close-up and physical way.
As kids get older, touch becomes a lot more subtle. A teenager doesn’t often run towards his mother for cuddles, but it doesn’t mean the need for touch disappears completely. We still need to foster a sense of physical connectivity with our children. Even if they squirm a bit. Be that a simple hug or a tussle of the hair.
We have so many chances every day to touch and connect, but too often we choose to hold onto a phone or coffee cup instead. Put those down today and reach out for the people in your lives instead.
Share the love by telling your friends about this challenge and some of the ways you are working on habits within your circle. Let’s get an entire movement of simple and kind love started.
If you are just now catching on to this challenge, read more about the mission behind it and some of the previous simple challenges here.
Here is a recap in images on the last 4 days.