Books lead to snuggling

We are a family of readers. And, although my son has reached an age in which he usually wants to read by himself at night, he does sometimes ask that I read to him. And I am always happy to oblige....more

Looking for a moment of touch

My son was a snuggly baby. I am truly happy about that. Sometimes I teasingly tell my son about all the time he spent sleeping on me when he was first born, but I usually tell him that story when he is sitting on my lap. I know that I am super lucky that he still wants to snuggle with me, and I hope that doesn't change anytime soon....more

Really, People, Really?! I. Just. Can't.

I'm sure by now most of you have heard about the backlash Victoria Beckham (formerly Posh Spice) is getting because <gasp> she kissed her 5 year-old daughter ON THE LIPS!  Oh, the humanity!  Social media is blowing up with controversy over whether or not the kiss and/or the public share was appropriate.  I kid you not, people are disgusted.  ...more

Why I Refuse to Force My Kids to Hug and Kiss People

I don't know if anyone else remembers being a kid and having your parents tell you, "Okay. Kiss so-and-so goodbye!" and we did, because that is what we were supposed to do and we didn't want to upset our parents or whatever grown-up it was. And we hated it. At least I did. It made me feel so uncomfortable deep down in my soul to have to force physical affection when I knew I didn't want to. But I did it rather than give my parents any kind of issue. I didn't want to offend anyone. I didn't want to upset anyone. It would be over quick, right? Just get it over with. ...more
I absolutely agree with this. I never required my children to hug another person. Teach them to ...more

Kissing in front of the kids

I have a rule in my household: You have to kiss me good-bye. I really don't like it when this rule is broken, but I accept that it happens. I enforce this rule with my son and my husband, and, no, I am not kidding about any of this. Kiss me good-bye. Always....more


Every person in this world has one's own wish, desire or expectation towards something or someone. But what makes one happy and peaceful is that the love and affection that is showed to her/him. People who do not need to show love but at least they stop showing hatredness towards the persons around them....more

Hugs no longer scare me

Early in my friendship with my only friend from the South, she said to me, “You are the friend I touch the least. You visible cringe when you see me coming.” It was an alarming statement—not because she said it, but because it was true....more

Affection- A Sensory Fairy Tale

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Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake™” It’s Time to Open Your Heart 6-6-12

There’s movement now.News and communications arrive via conventional methods, including unexpected visits.Many will experience financial success with lucrative ways to make money in sales-like careers.Opposing Energies: Dissatisfaction, off-path, heartache.Good News for Relationships™: Romantically, the spark of attraction is present.Confusion or doubts and self-protective attitudes may promote a mistrust holding back the possibility of love....more

SWAK: Do You Kiss Your Kids on the Lips?

There was a discussion on a forum awhile back about whether or not parents kiss their kids on the lips. I was shocked by how many mothers reacted in disgust saying things like, "No! My lips are for my husband only!" as if kissing on the lips was a purely romantic thing. But I got to thinking that if you weren't raised kissing your own parents on your lips, then you probably wouldn't do the same with your own kids. My first reaction was: Some parents don't kiss their kids on the lips? And the second one was: And some people romanticize the act of kissing to the point of exclusion?...more
 @everydaystranger  @dancingonthejourney do you kiss your kids on the lips?more