There is power in TOUCH. We are born with the need to be touched. Studies show that if we are not cuddled as babies or children, we do not develop as well.
One author says, “Touch is a sense with unique functions and qualities … Touch affects the whole organism.” She says, “Touch is ten times stronger than verbal or emotional contact, and it affects nearly everything we do. No other sense can affect you like touch.”
I’ve seen bumper stickers that ask, “Did you hug your tree today?” I’d like to see a bumper sticker which reminds us to hug kids more than we would a tree. Trees don’t respond the way people do.
Our sense of self is related to our sense of touch; with how we feel. We stroke our forearms; we run our fingers through our hair to relieve stress. And kids need more assurance that they are loved.
Now, obviously we must be wise in the way we go about this. APPROPRIATE TOUCHING consists of:
- touch on the shoulder when you talk to them
- pat on the head
- high fives
- side hugs
- fist bump
I challenge you to try to physically touch every child in your class or Children’s Ministry this coming week. You will be surprised how well they respond.