January 27, 2021


One mum’s heartwarming trick to help her anxious son through his first day at school has melted hearts across the country.

Louise Mallett feared her ‘littlest baby’ Max would struggle to get through his big day without her, so drew matching love hearts on the palms of their hands and told him that, by pressing the “hug button”, they could ‘send hugs’ to each other.

Louise shared her idea on Facebook page The Motherload, where her post soon went viral with thousands of parents praising her ‘simple and beautiful idea’.

The Heart Button

Louise wrote: ‘So, my littlest baby had his first all-dayer at school today, having been in for a couple of morning settling in sessions.

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‘I could tell he was feeling a little emotional this morning so we had a chat and came up with the idea of having a heart each and if we pressed it, it sent a hug to the other one (he said he cried as he missed me on his first half day last week) it totally worked!

‘I drew a heart on both our hands and gave him a spare one on his arm in case the one on his hand wore off , we “charged”‘ them by holding hands on the way to school and when I picked him up I said did you get my hugs and he happily said yep!

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‘He also said “I pressed it for a long time Mummy but I didn’t cry,” so I said “Ahhhh that will be that big squeeze I got, did you get my big squeeze back?” and he said “yep!”‘

‘Bless him, here’s to many more happy days at school while I sit at home with the dog and cry that all my babies are at school now…’

We totally LOVE this idea, so adorable! Definitely worth a share to families with a little one heading off to school for the first time or kids that struggle each day.

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  • Such a heart warming story and good tip a too


  • This is so beautiful! What a great idea


  • Very cute


  • What a sweet simple idea. Glad it worked. My eldest went through a rough patch of anxiety sept last year. She loved me put little reminders in her lunch box of how strong she is and how loved she is. And reminder to breath. She said it brightened her day. She is 11.


  • Cute, but I can’t see it having its desired affect for long, the kids will catch on


  • Absolutely brilliant. I wish I could think up ideas like this


  • Cute idea and really nice and simple too.


  • What a lovely feel good story.


  • Soo beautiful! What a wonderful story.


  • Nice story. Hope others do this for their children.


  • What a very special and loving idea. Wish I’d thought of this although it was me who cried.


  • This is too sweet, such a lovely idea


  • What a fantastic, simple and beautiful idea. I love this.


  • Love this.


  • A sweet and simple idea.


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