Affectionate Parenting


Research shows that higher self-esteem, improved academic performance, better parent-child communication, and fewer psychological and behavior problems have been linked to parental warmth and affection. On the other hand, children who do not have affectionate parents tend to have lower self esteem and to feel more alienated, hostile, aggressive, and anti-social.

Skin to skin contact between mothers and babies was found to decrease crying as it increases the sense of calmness.

What does an affectionate parent look like?

  • Holds, touches, and rocks the baby in their arms.
  • Does fun activities like dancing together or creating silly games like pretending to be a hugging or kissing monster.
  • Hugging is part of their daily routine
  • Discipline their children by touching them (for example when explaining to them that they did something wrong, puts the arm around them to show that even though they did something wrong, the parent still loves them).

Ipek Aykol, LMFT 97315