Holding your kid in your arms. Is there anything better?
We are a very huggy family. Cuddlers from way back. Can't get through a day without squishing eachother tight.
I've been thinking though. How long should a hug last?
A million times I have had a busy kid wriggle out of my embrace. That's normal and I expect it will only increase as they get older. But how often am I releasing little arms from around my neck in order to get back to making beds/putting away washing/'insert mundane task here'?
I have been guilty of ending a cuddle too soon. Sure, sometimes I am dealing with a whingey kid who would glue himself to my torso if he had his way, and there are times when I absolutely have to get things done – my dinner prep seems to bring out the velcro in my children and giving into hug demands every time would see us eating at midnight.
But most of the time, everything else can wait. Surely hugs should get right of way.
I want to be more conscious of staying in the embrace, making sure whomever is in my arms at the time gets the exact amount of cuddle they were looking for.
Don't we all want to be held that little bit longer?