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

Louise Mallett, 30, 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, shares Daily Mail.

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.

‘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!

‘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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  • That is so nice for Mum and child


  • I write this through my tears, but I love this idea. Hope lots of mums will follow it.


  • This is so very sweet.


  • so gorgeous. did something for my daughter on her first day of high school and she loved the idea and we laughed at how we kept finding it had transferred to lots of things that we had touched. It distracted her from her worries.


  • I have always found all of the above difficult to understand. Thanks for sharing


  • That is so beautiful


  • This is such a good idea and one I will use when my son goes to school


  • I love this


  • This is such a gorgeous story, good on you Mum. I used to put notes in lunchboxes


  • Nice work mumma, what a beautiful thought.


  • This is without a doubt the most beautiful idea ever, tears in my eyes it’s so sweet :’)


  • What a beautiful way to help your child on their first day. Wish I’d thought of this when my youngest first started. He used to break my heart every morning when I took him to school. After the first week he had made friends so it was only me crying when I dropped him off.


  • How lovely, so sweet. Awesome that it worked. I could’ve used one when my son started school, he was hysterical, it was awful! I didn’t want to leave him. I think he was too upset for a hug heart tattoo to work tho, he just wanted to go home


  • Too cute. We give our little one a love heart key chain to clip to her pants


  • That is a wonderful idea. After a fortnight or so they size of the heart can gradually be reduced.
    Children who are really shy find it much harder to settle in at school. Kindy is only 1/2 day the days they go. A whole day is a long time for a child the first few weeks. If you travel by car you may find your child is tired enough to nod off to sleep


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