According to a recent study, cuddling your children will make them more successful as adults!
Now, we all know that kids need to be shown love and affection to aid their development... but how important is it really, for their futures?
A baby's development relies a lot on the amount of physical affection given to them when they are young.
According to a publication in Development and Psychopathology, a study of ninety-four healthy children was conducted by scientists from the University of British Columbia and BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, they found that children with less contact had a molecular profile in their cells causing a decline in development.
The trend of results stayed the same years after the first test was done.
Development and Psychopathology wrote: "Ninety-four healthy children in British Columbia. Researchers from UBC and BC Children's Hospital asked parents of 5-week-old babies to keep a diary of their infants' behavior (such as sleeping, fussing, crying, or feeding) as well as the duration of caregiving that involved bodily contact. When the children were about 4 1/2 years old, their DNA was sampled by swabbing the inside of their cheeks."
On ScienceDaily, they explain: "The amount of physical contact between infants and their caregivers can affect children at the molecular level. The study of DNA methylation patterns showed that children who had been more distressed as infants and had received less physical contact had a molecular profile that was underdeveloped for their age."
"This is the first study to show in humans that the simple act of touching, early in life, has deeply-rooted and potentially lifelong consequences on genetic expression."
Recent brain scans of 2 toddlers show the difference a mother's affection and physical touch can actually have on a child...
The images show the left brain, which belongs to a normal 3-year-old, is significantly larger and more developed than that of the other 3-year-old who has suffered neglect.
Neurologists say that these images prove the importance of care and acts of love in the early years of a child's life.
The same team found that those who are shown love and affection are more likely to be emotionally intelligent and will develop the ability to be empathetic to others.
It was also reported that children that don't have their emotional needs met are more likely to become involved in violent crimes as well as to be unemployed according to Child Welfare.
So, this form of parent-child communication is definitely essential for child development.