It’s not uncommon for my daughter to demand a cuddle when she is upset. In fact, it’s quite common. A cuddle is one of the two most frequently used strategies that she uses to calm herself when she is upset.

The other is putting herself into a timeout. Clara has been in dozens of timeouts in her three years on this planet, but we have yet to be the instigators of a single timeout.

She always initiates it first.

Both strategies are great (and much better than her tantrum strategy, which never ends well), but I always prefer the cuddle and am happy to oblige.

Yesterday she took this strategy one step further by demanding a nuzzle.

“Daddy! Nuzzle!”


I can’t imagine where she learned this word, but I was  more than happy to oblige.

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