Coddle | Cuddle Or Coddle?

While watching television, my husband will often ask me to come sit on his lap to cuddle. I am always more than happy to oblige. I love cuddling just as much as my husband, perhaps more. My husband has strong hands and arms, and I like the secure and loved feeling that comes over me when he envelops me in them. My husband doesn’t just cuddle with me, he also gets our kids involved in the action.

Over the past decade, I have read several articles on children being coddled too much, and the take-a-ways were not good! It seems there has been a misapplication of skills by some parents, confusing cuddling (to hold close in one's arms as a way of showing love or affection), with coddling (to treat in an indulgent or overprotective way). The articles suggest that we have a generation of adolescents and young adults who are hypersensitive and easily offended due to the overprotective nature of their parents. The articles also suggest we have a generation of weak, non-competitive individuals, who love to take up causes and outwardly protest against anything they believe is not politically correct, but are afraid of being cursed out because the words might hurt their feelings, or who lack the mental and physical stamina to see projects to the end, because their parents have always finished everything for them.

Share your thoughts on coddling.

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