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We should aim for a situation where our loved ones always love to be held tight by us

Author: Dr. Ali Khwaja

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Someone nicely said that a child goes through three stages before he reaches adulthood: “Hold me tight, Put me down, Leave me alone.” Babies want to be held, toddlers want to be put down and explore on their own, and teenagers just want to be left alone! I was thinking that often this happens in love relationships also – the honeymoon phase, then wanting some space and independence, and unfortunately in many cases just wanting to keep away. At the intellectual level we know that this could happen both to children and to our partners – but do we work on it practically, try to bring about better bonding? Regardless of which stage you or your child is in, do work on it. We should aim for a situation where our loved ones always love to be held tight by us. Takes some hard work, sacrifice, compromise, but it’s worth it.

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