Chillax Your Kids With At-Home Massage

Your kid feeling tense? Hard day in the sandbox got him down? How about introducing your child to the ol’ magic fingers? Desmond Williams, of green-parenting site Inhabitots, talks about massaging your kids, and how it may (or may not) work for your family.

An occasional massage might just get your kid to wind-down and go to sleep. Or, you might use it as a Sunday-afternoon relaxation technique. Williams discusses massaging with a family acupuncturist, and suggests a couple of ways to incorporate a loving touch while your kids are young. Also today, Tom Matlack of our often-referenced buddies Good Men Project Magazine, talked about some of the more subtle importances of physical touch with your children. It seems undeniable – the more you touch your children (in a positive way – no hitting, jerk-ass), the better they turn out.

And just think, a massage was probably how you got your baby’s momma to the point of conception anyway – so I’m sure you’ve got your technique down already. You might want, however, to modify your routine to be on *this side* of the acceptability meter when dealing with your kids. Definitely skip the sensual oils and Marvin Gaye album.

All jokes aside, physical touch is important with children – even when they grow out of the infant phase. So, light a scented candle and read Williams’ suggestions.

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is married and has one son. You can also find his writing on HLN, The Good Men Project and The Huffington Post. He is an avid gamer, rides unicorns, and loves rainbows.