I had to post this picture and say a few words about hugs! Lets say I come from a very touchy feely kind of family. WE HUG. We can't help ourselves.
Well anyway, the teenager in the middle being hugged is my grandson Jacob. Argh!!! He is typical teenager, brewdy, moody, don't touch me kind of kid right now. On New Years Eve we had our annual party and of coarse Jacob(moody teenager) is outside all night with his friend skateboarding on the front sidewalk. He came in and I don't know what happened but we decided to grab him (because we knew he doesn't like to be hugged) when my sister Heidi snapped this picture of us squeezing him. Well what she captured is priceless. It proves he likes hugs but he can't admit it. Look at that grin on his face.
All I want to say to parents out there is never stop hugging your teenagers. Even if they don't want to. They need it at that terrible hormonal time. They don't know if they want to be a kid or a grown up. They are stuck in the middle. It is a way to keep them connected. When so many kids are on the wrong path make sure that they know you are waiting for them on the other side of that path. Always stay involved in your kids lives. You will know when to let go.
( OH NO I am a typical Grandmother pinching Sammy's cheek. What's with that????What have I become????)