“I love you, you love me
We are one big family
A big fat hug and a kiss from me to you
This shows that you love me too.”

Sounds familiar? Think about it. Wouldn’t you like your special someone to hug you everyday, for the rest of your life, and tell you how much he/she loves you? You would. Your three-year-old daughter and four-and-a-half year old son obviously think differently.

“They don’t like baby talk these days,” observes actress Shweta Kawatra. “When you see such adorable chubby cheeks on kids, you want to hug them. But the tykes simply shrug you off. They feel awkward. They want to be treated as ‘kidults’.”

Changing times
Old fashioned love has clearly undergone a huge metamorphosis, with little ones shying away from parental public displays of affection. So how much is too much?

Shilpi Madan for Hindustan Times

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