A baby nurse friend once told me a sad story.
She went to work for a well to do family who just had a new baby. The family had a huge suite on the bottom floor of the house, which was beautifully decorated for a baby. They told my friend that she would take the baby to that room and only bring her up when it’s time for the mother to feed the baby. My friend just silently screamed ”no!” in her heart when they told her this.
Because as a baby nurse, she knew how crucial it was for the parents to bond with their children physically.
When I grew up in the 70’s China, physical touches between parents and children were scarce. It is sad, but I don’t ever remember my dad hugging me. Instead, parents’ primary expression of love was doing things for their children.
I didn’t know what I had missed until I had my children. This could be another reason that I am raising my boys to be kissers and huggers.
Indeed we have our fair share of bad parenting moments, but we always shower them with praises, hugs, kisses, and sweet words.
Because we want to model how healthy relationships work, and we believe that a real man is not afraid of expressing his feelings of love.
Everyone craves love, but how to express love has to be taught.
This is one of the most critical emotional skills for pursuing happiness in life.
Dear mamas, let’s teach our children to speak kind words to each other, teach them how to give praise, and love them with hugs and kisses.
Because love is not expressed is love wasted.
“Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.”
1 Peter 5:14