Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVhkPAge_TY

Watch the video together and explain that hugs are one way we show love and support for people we care about, especially in tough times. But sometimes hugs from others don’t feel safe, and you can hug yourself instead! Hug yourself (wrap your arms around your own body), and invite children to do the same. You can also:

  • Invite kids to try patting themselves on the back, closing their eyes, and rocking back and forth, or squeezing tightly or gently. Do they have a favorite way to hug themselves?
  • Remind kids that when they’re feeling anxious, sad, angry, or scared—or any of those feelings at the same time—a hug can feel really good.