Courtney is the adoring Mom of two young boys. She loves being a Mom, spending time in freezing, cold hockey rinks, and every puck-scuff on her wall.

When Courtney is not at home building the character in her boys, she is at her day-job working to build character in every youth she meets. Both personally and professionally, Courtney is a guiding light to integrity and making good choices. She never tires!

Courtney and I had a lot of parenting similarities; however, it was her simply stated tip on snuggling that brought me to the sweetest memory.

Courtney, Make time for snuggles.” Tip #4

I treasured snuggles! I remember when Michael was a little boy, he would crawl up on the sofa with me and we would snuggle. I recall cherishing that time, in the moment.

Even when racing through the early years, I knew snuggles were precious and limited. I was aware snuggle time would be short-lived. During those times, I attempted to be ever so present.

To my fortune and surprise, even into his adolescence, Michael would occasionally crawl up on the sofa with me and snuggle in. It was always such a warm and welcomed moment. I began to soak it in even deeper, secretly wondering which snuggle would be my last. Each time I felt like the luckiest Mom in the world!

In 2008, when Michael was injured in a snowboarding accident, I felt my “snuggle days” were over. I consciously reflected on those precious moments. I worked to accept, with Michael’s newly acquired disability and impaired mobility, he was no longer able to crawl on the sofa with me. I understood those days were over. I accepted things as they were and appreciated having ever have had snuggles at all.

One day, as I worked to find gratitude and acceptance, to my delight, at age 17, Michael crawled up on the sofa with me! My heart swelled! There is just no telling when one more snuggle remains.

I’m glad Courtney and I have cherished each and every snuggle. I can guarantee we will both forever hold out hope there will always be just, one, more.

Thanks Courtney for the tips, and the memory!

For more on snuggling,

Next week’s Mom, Esther highlights the importance of good friendstalks about friends.


  • Doreen Coady

    Author & Parenting Commentator

    Author of 100 Moms 1000 Tips 1 Million Reasons & 100 Dads 1000 Tips 1Million Reasons available on Amazon and major book stores.   Doreen is empty-nester who has spent the last five years collecting tips from 199 parents. Her heartwarming and real-talk, message on parenting is woven through their collective wishes and wisdom.   Parents are diverse in terms of age, culture, social-economic background, and beliefs. Contributions provide 2000 parenting tips from others interested in helping each other, especially new parents learning the ropes.   Every tip and commentary is distinct, providing a magnificent assortment of shared experiences. The collection conveys the depth, devotion, and breadth of parenting.   This is fun, enlightening, easy to read, and a highly relatable account of parenting successes and struggles.   For ‘the why,’ check out,, or search “100 Moms 1000 Tips” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.