Cuddle means “to hold close in one’s arms as a way of showing love & affection”
Isn’t this the best place to start as a parent in showing love & affection to your child every single day?
You might say, ‘That’s too easy’. Well, you’re right but do you do it every day?
A latest thesis in psychology shows that children who grow up without loving physical contact from parents find ‘touch’ problematic as they grow up to be adults. It also demonstrates that most people who had an insecure attachment to their parents did not feel appreciated and loved as children. A loving physical contact with your children gives them a strong sense of being loved and valued.
Children feel secured when they know they are wanted, accepted & loved. Very often as parents & especially Fathers, we hesitate to hug our children when they’re grown up into their teenage years & we hesitate because we feel it’s a kind of awkward for both us and for them. You have to remind yourself that it is not about your feelings but more importantly about what’s needed for your child.
In doing so, you’re saying “I Love you” which means a lot to your child and everything you want to say to them paraphrased in just those three simple words.
Learn to express your love in words as well as in action, trust me it makes a lot of difference.
There are many other ways to express your affection & love apart from the physical touch. How about dropping an email, writing a note or sending a letter (if your child is away) with words of encouragement, appreciation & blessings.
As a parent make every effort to cuddle your children, showing them love & affection all the time and you will see how your child reflects the same back at you even when they’re all grown up.
“To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. They are so precious. Let them know.”
– Thomas S. Monson