The latest from best-selling authors Brent and Phelecia Hatch is a parenting book of a far different type—one that is perfect for parents who are raising kids of any age in today’s electronics-saturated world, one that is being offered in its entirety in eBook format, free of charge.
The Hug Project: The Secret to Raising Connected Families is the result of the Hatches’ hands-on, “been-there-done-that” experiences of 30 years of marriage and raising seven children.
Long-time radio and television host Larry King states: “The Hug Project gives parents needed tools for instilling civility, responsibility, and confidence in their kids.”
Instead of a collection of theories about time outs, table manners and toilet training, The Hug Project is a “complete toolkit designed to help parents reconnect with their kids and have fun in the process,” Brent says.
The Hatches, now residents of Heber-Overgaard and grandparents of two, lived in South Pasadena, California, in a 700-square-foot home, when they were in the throes of raising their seven kids.
“We didn’t have time or space to philosophize. We needed tools—gimmicks you could call them—that would make a difference right when the crisis was happening,” Brent says.
“We came up with the tools when a need arose. The tools helped us have better communication and connect with our kids better and show love, even when we may not feel a lot of love in that moment,” Phelecia says.
Over the years, the best-selling authors and popular workshop presenters have shared their ideas in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, TV and radio programs and in front of live audiences.
“We’ve sort of come full circle. We’re now seeing our kids leave the nest, get married and start using these tools in their own homes,” Phelecia says.
“We’ve seen it over and over: Love is always the answer,” she says. “Love is the greatest connector of all.”
Studies show that love and connectedness is the antidote to everything from bullying, peer pressure, stress in school, depression and even the tendency to use drugs or participate in other risky behaviors. Connection instills confidence and civility and helps kids learn to be more caring and kind.
Yet, Brent says, people don’t know how to disconnect from technology long enough to connect with each other.
“You go anywhere and no one is even looking at each other. They are all looking down and texting on their phones,” Brent says, “and lots of parents don’t know how to begin to change that.”
The Hatches believe The Hug Project can help.
“This is the reason we are offering it free. We’ve been so blessed with so many things, we see this as a way to ‘pay it forward,’” Phelecia says.
For a free download of The Hug Project, visit www.BrentHatch.com. Soft cover copies are available on Amazon.com, InglestonePublishing.com and BrentHatch.com, where the Hatches can also be contacted for consultations, to speak at firesides and conferences and to help families and communities design what they call “Hug Projects,” to help address bullying and increase civility.