Parents, no pressure, but the success of our future society depends on you!
New research points to cuddled children growing up to be healthier, less depressed, kinder, more empathetic, and more productive adults.
Yep, "snuggles matter!"
Notre Dame researchers found along with cuddling, a positive childhood with lots of affection and quality time also led to healthier adults with better coping skills.
This research also puts an end to an age-old debate -- you may now tell your mother-in-law that you can't "spoil" your baby by picking them up when they cry.
"What parents do in those early months and years are really affecting the way the brain is going to grow the rest of their lives, so lots of holding, touching and rocking, that is what babies expect. They grow better that way. And keep them calm, because all sorts of systems are establishing the way they are going to work. If you let them cry a lot, those systems are going to be easily triggered into stress. We can see that in adult hood, that people that are not cared for well, tend to be more stress reactive and they have a hard time self calming," said Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez.
So, parents, snuggle away! Your child -- and the world -- will thank you later.