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Benefits of Cuddling

by Holly Lesnick (aka Ms. Holly)

My 8 year old son Aiden and I have a daily morning ritual. Before I’m allowed to even get up and out of bed, my husband cuddles him while carrying him to our room. Aiden crawls on me, and we cuddle and hug for a long time. Before that, I am always groggy, and tired and craving my coffee… but something happens after that hug. It invigorates me, and brings me a sense of happiness and peace. I’ve always had a feeling it does the same for him too.

Well today, I came across a simple article at benefitof.net, on the health benefits of cuddling, and it confirmed what I already knew to be true! Cuddling has many health benefits!

I’ve learned through this article, that cuddling reduces stress and induces oxytocin release. Oxytocin is produced primarily in the hypothalamus and acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. This article also states that cuddling actually lowers blood pressure, along with improving mood and relationships. Well, no wonder I’m better after my daily morning hug with Aiden, then before it!

In Kindermusik class at Grow and Sing Studios, we have what we call “quiet time”. I dim the lights, grab my guitar, and asked parents to take their child to their own space in the room where they can bond together. I quietly walk around and serenade, leading these quietly bonding families in song. I spend many moments educating parents that relaxation is a learned behavior and that the earlier we learn to relax the better. Well, in addition to this benefit, in every class, families are enjoying the health benefits of cuddling as well.

So try to get in some cuddles today, and get healthy!

Ms. Holly at Grow and Sing Studios cuddling with her son Aiden.

Ms. Holly at Grow and Sing Studios cuddling with her son Aiden.

 

SCHOOL YEAR 2020-21 CALENDAR


Our School Year includes 34 weeks of classes with some scheduled weeks off which are noted below.
Kindermusik Virtual+ School Year begins¬†–¬†Aug. 31 – Sept. 4

Bilingual Birdies Online begins – New Unit begins Sept. 7 (Aug. 31 class is included in enrollment)
Kindermusik Virtual+ School Year ends –¬†May 24 – 28
Bilingual Birdies Online runs year round. Scheduled breaks are the same as all other classes. 

OFF – Thanksgiving week – Nov. 23 – 27
OFF РHoliday/Winter break 
–¬†Dec. 21 – Jan. 10
OFF – Spring Break – March 15 – 19, 2021

All classes held online via zoom in a secure classroom. Due to licensing agreements and child protection laws, we do not record classes. All classes are live and interactive.

SUMMER 2021 CALENDAR


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Our Summer includes 10 weeks of in person & online virtual classes! 

Summer session A (five weeks)
Winter Park and Port Orange: June 7 – July 9
UCF and Winter Garden: June 7 – July 16 (no class 6/28/2021 – 7/2/2021)

Summer session B (five weeks)
All Locations: July 19 – August 20

Monthly Online Virtual Bilingual Birdies runs along with the dates above including scheduled breaks.  

Classes in Summer will be offered in person and virtually. An option of attending both in person and virtual is available as well. In person classes will be held as long as covid-19 conditions continue to improve and we feel it is safe to hold them. In person classes will have safety protocols including mask wearing in order to attend. Virtual classes will continue no matter what! More information about Summer will be available soon.