emotional and social courage.
Of course as my kids have grown, snuggling can now be as rare and special as spotting a shooting star across the night sky. Hugging my now 5' 10" thirteen-year old is sometimes as awkward as hugging a wall. And my fifth grade daughter announced to me after her first day of school, as I tucked her into bed: “Mom, you need to know that as a fifth grader I will not be snuggling with you much anymore. Fifth graders just don’t do that.”
Which got me thinking: How do we continue to nurture the parent-child bond, and thus the courage necessary to love another human being, when snuggling ends?