Recently, I found myself caught up and overwhelmed with the day to day stressors of momming, keeping up with my job, and keeping up with life. To add to that, the 4 year old is in quite a stage-give me back the “terrible twos” I’d gladly trade them for the “ferocious fours” that we are currently experiencing. Needless to say I was at the end of my rope and had completely lost my cool. I was ready to yell, scream, shout, and cry- a whole mess of emotions that would end in with a large dose of mom-guilt with a side of possible emotional scars on my children. Fortunately, I was able to pause, take a deep breath and rather than jump into discipline mode, I just got down and hugged my kid. I hugged him so hard, kissed his little cheeks a million and one times, and told him I loved him. Yes, his behaviors needed to be corrected and he was not acting in an acceptable way, but what we both needed in that moment was a hug. Human connection, especially between a mama and her baby bears, can be the most powerful and therapeutic tool at our disposal. So, the next time that you’re feeling as if you’re on the verge of losing it, go for the hug.