Friday, May 17, 2013

Kissing Hands

I have been giving my son, Evan, kissing hands for 2 years now. What is a kissing hand, you ask? It is a kiss to the palm of his hand that he presses against his cheek, his heart, and puts into his pocket to save for later. We first heard about kissing hands when he started preschool, and his teacher read The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn. We got even more into kissing hands when his baby brother was born 2 years ago, and we read A Pocket Full of Kisses. In fact, just this morning, he told me that sometimes he uses the kissing hands he keeps in his pocket when he is feeling scared or nervous about something. Audrey Penn writes a series of books about Chester Raccoon that help children adjust to stressors in their lives: starting school, a new sibling, a bully, death of a friend, etc. They're sweet books, easy to relate to for the kids, and I recommend them when kids are facing adversity.

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