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Give a Hug Month in Tennessee

October 11, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - October is a good month to give an extra hug in Tennessee during "Attachment Parenting Month." Research shows a strong parent/child bond can give young people the tools to make healthy choices and help them overcome obstacles as they go through life.

Artemesia "Art" Yuen, development coordinator and board member of Attachment Parenting International, says emotional, financial or physical problems are more easily solved when children are supported and encouraged.

"When a child and a parent experience attachment, it doesn't mean that they're guaranteed to be spared any harmful events in the future, but generally what it does promote and does serve to benefit is a child's resilience."

Yuen says when children receive love and support from their parents it can help them avoid unhealthy lifestyle choices.

"Through that loving relationship, we can offer to them healthier physical habits and generally use a strong connection to help them avoid the attachment to junk food or sedentary activities."

More information is available at www.apmonth.attachmentparenting.org. Attachment Parenting International is conducting an online auction fundraiser until Oct. 17.

Randy O'Brien, Public News Service - TN