Mum's genius 'hug button' idea for her nervous son goes viral

A mum's genius idea of how she made her young son feel less nervous at school has gone viral online.

"So, my littlest baby had his first all-dayer at school today, having been in for a couple of morning settling in sessions." the mum wrote on Facebook.

"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 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!"

"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 and when I picked him up I said did you get my hugs and he happily said yep! He also said 'I pressed it for a long time mummy but I didn’t cry!' so I said ahhhh that will be that big squeeze I got, did you get my big squeeze back?' and he said 'yep!'"

"Bless him, here’s to many more happy days at school while I sit at home with the dog and cry that all my babies are at school now…"


The response online has been incredibly positive...

"Tears in my eyes reading this. So sweet." one person wrote.

Other parents said they've since tried it with their own kids and had great success!

Michelle Keighley