My latest read talks about connecting to our children in any way, and the benefits it brings. It says:
When you are feeling stressed, a simple phone call from a loved one
can be as good as a hug. In a new US sudy, a group of girls aged
from seven to 12 years had to make a speech and solve math problems
in front of a panel of strangers, which sent their levels of cortisol - a
hormone associated with stress- soaring. Immediately afterwards, a
third were comforted by Mum in person, a third received a phone call
from Mum, while the remaining girls watched an "emotion-neutral" video.
The children who interacted with their mothers, whether in person or over
the phone, had almost the same hormonal response. Namely, their levels
of oxytocin (often called the "love hormone") rose significantly, and
their raised cortisol levels dipped back to normal.
Article source: Reader's Digest Asia October 2010 issue
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