My little family of three, we are creatures of habit. I consider myself extremely lucky to have the opportunity to have breakfast as a family every morning. If I wake up early enough, it’s eggs and toast. If we sleep in, cereal it is. Before heading to work, while my son is still in his high chair and I’m still seated, my husband gives my son a kiss on the head, the stoops his mop of black hair down to where my son can give him a kiss on the cheek. My husband then turns to give me a kiss, then off he goes to work in his home office.
Lately though, my son has been refusing to give my husband a kiss goodbye. No reason, just has decided to skip that part of the routine. My husband then gives a cute little pout and turns to give me a kiss. I then smother him in affection, telling him with my son sitting there, “Don’t worry, Dad! I will give you plenty of kisses!” This went on for a few days. One morning though, our son surprised us. When my husband leaned down for his kiss from our son, he shook his head no, then pointed at me. It was as if he were saying, “Get your kisses from her!”
We had a good laugh and gave each other an extra couple pecks and shared a hug before he left that morning. It made me think though about the important bond that partners have. It’s often so easy to have the parent/child relationship overshadow the parent/parent relationship, but that parent/parent relationship is for not only the parents, but for their children. Children don’t just need love shown to them, they need love demonstrated. Love demonstrated between parents, but also between siblings, uncles and aunts, grandparents, and friends. They benefit from seeing those demonstrations of love like kisses and hugs in the morning.
So go ahead! Give your partners extra kisses!
Thanks to Victoria for coming through with another sweet post!