Subtle Snuggle Hints

by Kelly Bartlett on December 14, 2010

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Usually, when we sit in the living room, I am on the couch between both kids either reading to them or watching TV with them or commenting on their sword-fighting moves; whatever we are doing I am engaged.  But last night I was sitting in a chair with my laptop, only half-present.  I had my head down and was typing when JJ wandered over and said matter-of-factly, “Mom, if you ever need someone to snuggle with, I will.  I will snuggle with you.”

I replied, “OK, thanks,” and continued typing.  At which point JJ placed his 2 little hands flat on either of my cheeks and turned my face toward his so he could look right into my eyes and our noses were not quite touching. “DO you need someone to snuggle with you?”

Oh, got it.  “Yes!  I do.  Right now please.”  He presently climbed onto the back of the chair and draped himself across my shoulders, sucking his thumb and twirling my hair.  I put the laptop down and was present once again.

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Kelly Bartlett (36 Posts)

Kelly Bartlett is the author of "Encouraging Words For Kids" and "Help! My Child is Addicted to Screens (Yikes! So Am I.)" She is an API leader and Certified Positive Discipline Educator in Portland Oregon.

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Polish Mama on the Prairie December 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Sometimes that’s all we need is a snuggle… Sometimes, that’s their way of saying they need one too. 🙂 We only live once and that laptop can wait, those snuggles can’t…


Aida December 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm

That is oober sweet!!!!! I love it when my boys want to snuggle. Nothing beats it 😉


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