Together we pretend we are puppies. He chooses whether he is the puppy or the mommy and then assigns me the other role. We play it almost every night as I tuck him in. Often, he’ll ask for it during the day, and I always try to pause and play with him as I interpret his request as a need for some cuddles and attention.
Yes. We lick each other. He thinks its hilarious. I love that these few minutes every night provide a way for me to physically interact with him in a gentle way. Its a way for us to talk about things that have happened during the day in a non-threatening way. We have had “puppy” discussions about friends, being naughty, feeling lonely and sad, feeling excited for a fun trip, and being sick. Usually I let him take the lead in what the conversation will be for the night, but sometimes I might gently lead (especially if he seems hesitant). I might say as the mommy puppy “What did you do that was fun today puppy?” or “Did anything make you sad today puppy?”. As the baby puppy I might guide the discussion by introducing specific topics. “Today when I was playing with my friends one of them pushed me down....” or “I feel sad when you don’t play with me all the time!” He loves to take the role of the mommy puppy and explain to me what to do and then comfort me.
It is a wonderful ritual that we have started together. I know that it won’t last forever (I doubt he’ll still love this game when he’s 17....) so I’m trying to enjoy it and use it well!