Mum makes ‘heart hug button’ for her little boy’s first days of school

"He said 'I pressed it for a long time mummy but I didn't cry'" - brilliantly simple and heartwarming idea to help with school fears


Those first days of school can be tough for everyone: your little one’s getting used to new faces, new places and new ways of doing things.


And, as their mum, of course you worry, wonder if everything’s OK and at times wish you could just pop in and give them a big hug ?

With all this in mind, here at MadeForMums we let out a big ‘ahhhhhhh’ when we spotted this story, of a mum who drew heart-shaped ‘hug buttons’ on her and her son’s hands to make his – and her – day that bit easier as he headed to the classroom.

Louise Mallett, from Ipswich, wrote this to accompany the above pic on Facebook:

“My littlest baby had his first all dayer at school today, having been in for a couple of morning settling in sessions.

“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.

“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 get, 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.”

What a lovely and oh-so-simple idea. Here’s hoping lots of children starting school have a great first day!

What do you think?

Would Louise’s hug button idea work for your child? Maybe you’ve done something similar? Tell us in the comments below or over on Facebook

Image: Louise Mallett on Facebook

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