Sunday Life interviewed us about how we demostrate “Love and Affection” at home, now and then.
During Daddy and Mummy’s childhood years, our families are the conservative and traditional type. Openly Kissing and hugging are just not us. Our parents display affection in other ways, cooking your favourite food, bringing you to a show etc.
Daddy told us that it was awkward when 奶奶 hug him after he scores well in his PSLE :p
That could be the only hugging memory from his childhood.
Maybe, what he lacks during his youth, he tries to lavish on the kids.
Daddy is very comfortable kissing the kids (cheek not lips), and he believes holding their hands reinforce parents’ love and reassure them that we care.
It is definitely ok for spouse to kiss and embrace each other infront of the kids.
Outdoors is another story, we are still shy 🙂
The full article is here, checkout how other families show their affection at home.
Some of the questions posed to us :
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– Growing up, did your parents use to show you physical affection? Or did they rule solely with feather dusters and canes?
– What was your relationship like with your parents on that front (physical affection), and did it change as the years went by? Eg they became more expressive in your adulthood?
– What kinds of physical affection (kisses, hugs, etc) did they show or not show?
Any anecdotes on this front that you can recall? Be they embarrassing ones, moving memories, etc.
(Eg: When was the first time your mother/father hugged you, and what was the scenario/circumstance like? How did you feel? Awkward, embarrassed?)
The nation has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 50 years.
All babies are important, but maybe those born in 2015 are more symbolic.
Those born in 2015 will perhaps lead Singapore into the next 50 years.
Daddy was invited to go on air (95.8) to share his ideal Jubilee Baby Gift. He only wish more parents will spend more time with the kids. They are only young once, and they outgrow their childhood like, overnight!
If we parents make the effort to connect and go through their childhood together, there is a higher chance that the family will be more integrated, stronger, and happier.