Don't Forget to Snuggle

Don't Forget to Snuggle

My four-year old son was sick the past few days.  It was nothing major, but enough to get him down and make him more interested in snuggle time.  That got me thinking about how easy it is to be caught up in life and forget to take the time to snuggle once in a while.  Snuggling shouldn’t be reserved for only those times when they don’t feel good.

Snuggling is a great way to reconnect with your child, whether it be while they are getting settled in for sleep or just while you watch TV on the couch.  Touch is a critical part of expressing love, and that close contact of snuggling in close to Mom or Dad can make a child feel secure and loved.Both of my oldest kids, at four and two, want to be snuggled to sleep for their naps and at bedtime.  There are many times when I wish I could be up and doing something else, but I remind myself of how much it means to them to have that comfort as they drift off to sleep.

All too soon, those days of wanting Mommy or Daddy cuddles will be over.  While it may seem like snuggling for naps takes time away from what I need to do, the thing that’s most important is right there in my arms.  It won’t be long before I find myself wishing they would just sit still and let me love on them.

What about you?  Do you still take time for snuggles, or have your kids outgrown the snuggle stage?