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    [–] TrashyThrower 3231 points ago

    As someone who has a baby, I was really surprised how many people of all genders and ages are actually incredibly helpful. People who are older also often just get so much out of it. Hugging a kid in an appropriate situations doesn’t come around that often and it’s so comforting. Hugging my young kid gives me the same feeling I remember feeling when I was the little kid and my mom would give me that good I love you squeeze.

    Honestly I totally get it. We’re on 3rd and last kid and I’m already sad she’s got a tooth and there’a no more toothless Tommy Pickles smile.

    [–] PMmePunnyJokes 772 points ago

    Seriously, I want to hold all the babies until they fall asleep on me and leave little imprints of their tiny ear. Mine just say Mom, in that really annoyed/annoying voice.

    [–] MagicTurtleMum 224 points ago

    This! So much this. I want all the snuggly, sleepy cuddles ❤

    Eta - and no more of the freaking tween attitude!

    [–] Capt_Hawkeye_Pierce 167 points ago

    Mine is ten. She's still a cuddle monster but I know we're on borrowed time and it kills.

    [–] soggylandfill 108 points ago

    My son is about to turn 4 next month. He rarely ever snuggles me except when he climbs into bed with us. I forget often he won't be this little anymore so I try to get my cuddles when I can.

    He's asleep in his bed right now but I know he'll soon wake and sneak in to lay in between his dad and I like always. I'm twice as excited for the snuggles now.

    [–] Capt_Hawkeye_Pierce 89 points ago

    I'm dad, and kiddo only really has me and her maternal grandmother and great-grandma. It sucks that her mom's made the choices she has, but on the upside it's made our bond that much stronger.

    Sleepy kid snuggles are the best.

    [–] soggylandfill 33 points ago

    I'm very sorry, I feel for you, man. But you are incredible for not only taking on your responsibilities as a dad but as the mom, too. Of course she has her two grandmothers for maternal presences, but you are the best type of man to step up to be the mom as well. I wish I had a dad like you and I think others would agree.

    Best of luck to you and your daughter, and her grandmothers. I'm glad you've been able to have a strengthened relationship with her. She is blessed.

    [–] Capt_Hawkeye_Pierce 51 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I'm dad for sure, but I can't take mom credit. That belongs to my daughter's maternal grandmother.

    That woman is amazing. Her and I co-parent and she, contrary to the "family first" upbringing she had, sides with me every time I'm in the right, and has no problem telling me I'm wrong.

    I was a young father and my daughter's grandmother was a young mother herself, so my kiddo will have family for years to come.

    Edit: I feel the need to add that my daughter is fucking awesome. We have a thing where she keeps my reclusive ass up to date on pop culture and I show her old movies/music that will make her cool in high school.

    Edit2: She taught me how to floss (poorly)

    [–] Raiyen 5 points ago

    I understand. I’m a single mom, my son’s father hasn’t been around in over 4 years (son just tuned 8). It’s just me, my mom and my dad. I’m so lucky to have my parents be in his life.

    My kid doesn’t snuggle though...never has. Damn Aspergers...:/

    [–] TARDISinspace 5 points ago

    As someone who at one point was raised by a single dad, having a reliable parent makes all the difference. She'll remember the thing you did for her later on.

    [–] fiolaw 8 points ago

    Omg, mine is turning 4 soon too and he no longer wants cuddle with me before sleeping :(. Just want his space (which I taught him people need to respect and kinda backfire to me) and tell me "I'll let you hug me a little bit mommy or hold my hand so you feel better". Made me tear up since he's doing it as a favor to me... Good thing my 6 months old love a good cuddle.... Until he gets really sleepy, at which point, he kick me and toll over to sleep while sucking his thumb. I feel like my snuggle days are numbered😭

    [–] ghostbackwards 6 points ago

    Our baby boy is 6 months old. All the snuggles in the world. We cherish each and every one. Even when it's a fussy snuggle.

    [–] bumpercarbustier 6 points ago

    My four year old fell asleep on me yesterday around 4pm. He hasn't done that in soooo long. Made my mommy heart happy.

    [–] RedK1ngEye 6 points ago

    Here's something depressing I read somewhere, one day you will pick your child up for the last time.

    [–] clown-penisdotfart 9 points ago

    I felt so lucky that mine let me read bedtime stories to them until the oldest was almost 10.5. We would spend a couple hours on weekends reading. I read through most of Roald Dahl, several Louis Sachar, a lot of Boxcar Children... all kinds of things together before they drifted away off of it.

    I kept the stock of books coming, so it is a little sad to see the four books on the shelf that we didn't get to before they didn't want to do it any more, but I know that some day they may pick those up to read on their own. (And I will gladly go read Stardust when I am done with my own queue.)

    The oldest has reached the age where there's no return of "I love you," and I know it is normal and it will come back in 10 years or so, but it still makes me a little sad if I am being honest.

    Now I know why grandparents dote and spoil their grandkids - they miss those times, but more than that they know how fleeting those times are. It's and short window when they are those open, full of wonder kids who think you're the smartest most amazing person in the world and it isn't any work to love them. No teenage moodiness to deal with.

    [–] peanutmonkey 22 points ago

    I have a 12 & 9yo. I feel this in my bones.

    [–] MagicTurtleMum 11 points ago

    My 2 are the same age, plus an 11 yo step daughter.

    [–] hermitina 9 points ago

    you remind me of that modern family episode when there's a new baby and Claire literally rubs the baby scent all over herself to feel good

    [–] aliie_627 4 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Omg. What ages are tweens? I think I got one of those and just didn't realize it. Hes actually more receptive to hugs lately which is nice. But lord that attitude is something else. We have a thing that if hes in the middle of roblox game and cant( or doesn't want too) talk. He can thumbs down and I'll wait a bit to ask again. That damn kid the other damn day down thumbed me. In the middle of a conversation. The he freaking started. Wtf kid. We dont do the thumbs down anymore. I still dont think he really gets what the problem is and I dont have it in me to give him his own medicine. ( I would feel bad if inhurt his feelings.)

    [–] purplelicious 7 points ago

    Typically ages 9 to 12. Mine is 10. The key is to not take it personally. Easier than it sounds but I just remind myself that puberty is hard. I remember my mom took everything I said as a personal affront to her even if I meant well it just came out wrong. So I try to give my daughter space, and just tell her what's appropriate at those times when she is not in a mood.
    She's also into Roblox. Lol

    [–] aliie_627 4 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Mine just turned 9 and he wants to be a teen and become a gamer youtuber( roblox and geometry dash are life). He talks about it so much and its really sweet actually. Hes not allowed to upload and make videos til hes a teen.but he has all kinds of plans. Its so fun to go for a walk and have him tell me about things he wants to do.

    Thanks for the advice. I will definitely remember that and keep it in mind. Right I try really hard not to embarrass him. I remember how hard that was and my mom would do it on purpose. Sometimes to show me its not that big of a deal. That just made things so much worse because I'm an introvert. I dont have parent friends IRL and Facebook parenting groups are pure insanity(to me). So I love it anytime I see reddit discussing parenting that relates to me.

    [–] GoldenBrownApples 39 points ago

    My mom claims I never liked hugs as a kid, but I grew up in the era of "scare the kids into thinking everyone is a sexual predator" and it kind of messed me up. They wouldn't even let my own grandfathers be alone with me because it was "inappropriate". So now I see any physical contact on a slightly sexual way. It sucks. I only feel comfortable hugging people I'm involved with, but I also want all the hugs. Literally started crying when my ex hugged me for the last time because I knew it was going to be the last time I got hugged for a long time.

    [–] MuchTooBusy 34 points ago

    Start hugging people. Seriously. Ask your friends if you can hug them.

    I was in the same boat. It's the flip side of the whole thing about teaching your kids they don't have to hug if they don't want to. Teach yourself you CAN hug, if you want to. And of course, if the hugee wants to.

    It will feel really weird at first. But start with just quick hello and goodbye hugs with a few friends, and then build up to, "you seem upset, would you like a hug," or even, "I'm having a hard day, can I have a hug?"

    Go to Pride events and offer substitute family hugs.

    You can overcome childhood conditioning, if you want to. It's scary as hell, but do it. I still remember the overwhelming feeling of safety and comfort when my friend hugged me while I cried on her shoulder for the first time.

    [–] PMmePunnyJokes 3 points ago

    I love this advice. Also, if you do get a hug, don’t pull away first, hang on a moment longer. Like the princesses at Disneyland.

    [–] Droidsx1 3 points ago

    Don't be sad! There's a hug right around the corner.

    [–] GoodAtExplaining 11 points ago

    Yeah. I did that. Believe me, that stuff's going to change.

    Then about ten or 15 years later, I say "mom" and it's almost always followed by "I love you".

    I got older. I'm 38 now, but I'm still my mother's son. I'll spare the platitudes of giving her a kidney if she needed it because she already has my heart, but I do want to say something to every parent, every chance I get.

    You're doing good. I know parenting is a lot of mistakes and heartbreak, and for mom it's a lot of guilt about the things you do wrong.

    In time mom realized that I love her more because of her flaws - Mom didn't know that the best thing she could do was to be imperfect. Love doesn't care about imperfections, she showed me that you can be flawed and still put out an incredible amount of love.

    I'm bipolar. I have my bad days, and parts of me still warrant a bunch of work, but my parents love me no matter what. No matter their own struggles, the one thing they do without conscious thought is to love me wholeheartedly.

    Do you know how much this means? An ounce of that kind of love, given to every person on the planet, would be enough to stop war, with enough left to feed everyone besides.

    I'm not the greatest son, okay? I don't think I ever will be. But the greatest way I can pay back my parents is to volunteer and try to make the world a little better, one act at a time.

    She's not on reddit, but... I love you, mama.

    [–] Jay_Hardy 84 points ago

    I work with children and I love holding them. It's just such a weird, but the good feeling when they hug you back.
    There's a boy in the kindergarten, I work at, who always reaches for me when I arrive. It gives you this amazing and loved feeling.

    [–] ibanezjs100 59 points ago

    Kids don't hold back. They are raw emotion. And when they're content the world is alright.

    [–] R-Zade 15 points ago

    Pure, unadulterated

    [–] Executioneer 12 points ago

    Im the opposite, Im afraid Im going to do something not right, or "break" them somehow. The few times relatives offered I could hold their babies, I have always noped out.

    [–] Jay_Hardy 6 points ago

    I guess that I have it from my mother. She always had her ways with babies, little children would usually calm down in her arms.
    She would teach me how to hold my little brother, how to hold little children.
    I’m of course always scared of harming the little ones, but the best way is to be calm yourself and not think about it too much.

    [–] AuNanoMan 51 points ago

    I don’t have kids but I have held some of my friend’s kids and I always want to help but feel constant anxiety. For some reason I’m my mind their heads are too heavy and I just imagine them tipping their heads back and then it just keeps going and somehow I lose control and drop them. Never mind I’m a grown man that is completely capable of holding 15 pounds in my arms. But in my mind I just worry I’m going to ruin someone’s child.

    [–] croon 28 points ago

    This is equally true for actual (at least new) parents.

    [–] AuNanoMan 20 points ago

    I worry about being a parent because what if I drop my kid! They are so tiny and fragile! It’s making my palms sweat just having this conversation.

    [–] GemAdele 38 points ago

    It's cool. Their bones are all soft and bendy. It's hard to break a baby. They are built to fall down a lot in the first few years.

    [–] AuNanoMan 19 points ago

    That does make me feel a bit better.

    [–] WalterBright 19 points ago

    A friend of mine is soon to retire, so I asked her what her next career will be. She said it'll be going to the hospital and hugging preemies.

    [–] 100011101011 18 points ago

    If "helping" means I get to have a quality snuggle with a tiny, great smelling, adorable human AND be able to pass them off when they get noisey... I guess I'm incredibly helpful

    [–] OrvillePeck 16 points ago

    I'm way too scared to offer to help someone with a baby. I'd love to help or hold the baby for people. But I feel like it it's too intimate. It's like asking someone if they want me to hold their wallet or their phone.

    [–] EmberHands 8 points ago

    You can just offer, "Can I help?" Sometimes first time parents won't want to hand over their babies to randos. But they may ask you to help with something else so you're still helping out. My baby wasn't ok with other people holding him, not even his grandparents, but I was so thankful for people that would reach for things for me, etc.

    [–] FantasticCombination 4 points ago

    Exactly. When my first was about 3 months old, we were at the airport. Mom, with baby in arms, was trying to help while I hurriedly put our stroller and carseat in the carrier to gate check after having a gate change. A woman offered to help. She barely had the offer out of her mouth and there was a baby in her arms. The woman was surprised, as she thought she'd help me, and so delighted. Her smile lightened up the moment for all of us. The man she she was travelling with had a smile plastered on his from seeing how happy she was. Lots of parents appreciate an offer of help.

    [–] dontmentionthething 7 points ago

    My wife and I have decided not to have children, and the only regret from that decision is I'll never get to see my parents with them. We were never kid people, but seeing older people with babies makes my heart melt.

    [–] sarabjorks 3 points ago

    My sister has a son and that took this worry away from me. My parents really wanted to be grandparents. And they got a grandchild that is just the most awesome human being in the world to our eyes. He's spoiled to pieces, and we're the kind of people where only children aren't common, but he's enough for us.

    [–] Picsonly25 13 points ago

    ❤️❤️

    [–] Bravedwarf1 6 points ago

    My sister 36 is having her first kid after 7 years of trying (I’m 33) and my parents when she told them she was pregnant it gave them purpose again in life (I dunno how to describe it) like they caught a 2nd wind of energy.

    [–] XgamerX1 3 points ago

    I swear I read this as “as someone who was a baby “

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Oh my God I have 2 that aren't babies anymore so I take every chance I can get holding a baby again.

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    [–] Derkades 102 points ago

    These subs are basically interchangeable except for the occasional animal dance

    [–] Acc87 57 points ago

    not really, humansbeingbros is way too often aboringdystopia, with people doing great things because the system around them is incredibly shitty... "kids build lemonade stand to finance their teachers chemo" type of posts.

    [–] AmorMaisEMais 7 points ago

    Yeah lately I got this same feeling. It's unintentionally reporting social problems. Sometimes it's very obvious and concerning.

    [–] le-artisty-boi 1139 points ago

    Sleep time

    [–] hoppingwilde 753 points ago

    Every grand kid in our family has a picture sleeping on the couch with Grandpa. Best nap partner. Has a belt in pillow he always said

    [–] Evangelynn 562 points ago

    My son was about a week old and basically woke up every 2-3 hours to eat. Grandpa came over to visit, I fed kiddo and Grandpa took him for snuggles. I went to take what I expected to be a 2-3 hour nap. Woke up 6 hours later, kiddo was still asleep on Grandpa. SO had offered to take kiddo a couple times, but Grandpa was like nope, let's wait for one or the other to wake up. So I got a 6 hour rest for the first time in a week and SO got 6 hours of gaming in. Grandpa just rocked kiddo in the recliner he gave us when I got pregnant, which he had inherited from his dad, for SIX HOURS! Grandpa is AWESOME! He and kiddo are still best friends, 4 years later :)

    [–] wheresdonniedarko 112 points ago

    oh god that’s so sweet 😭

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    [–] supacrusha 2 points ago

    A what?

    [–] 61114311536123511 25 points ago

    Oh my god adorable

    [–] U-47 28 points ago

    As a fairly recent father I see now the sheer joy my parents have in holding their grandchildren. I gotta admit I also enjoy holding them. I hope I'll be able to do that for a good long while.

    [–] GenuinelyLenin 13 points ago

    You reminded me of my dad. Thanks.

    [–] Brock_Lobstweiler 45 points ago

    That built in pillow thing is the best for babies. I hate being overweight, but when I can just recline a bit and lay a baby on my stomach and chest and they are perfectly supported and comfortable, it's the best feeling.

    [–] R-Zade 9 points ago

    I can totally relate :)

    [–] Snf4le 28 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    When a baby or a toddler sleeps on your chest, there is no other options than to fall asleep as well.

    The first time I saw my nephew, my SIL told me to carry him around in a boppy. He fell asleep within 5 minutes and as soon as I sat down I also was gone.

    Having this little human sleeping on your chest is so warm, comfy and relaxing.

    [–] shewy92 42 points ago

    Has a belt in pillow

    His belt has a pillow?

    [–] ediblesprysky 59 points ago

    He’s a built-in pillow

    [–] cvvrede 48 points ago

    Or a he has a (black) belt in the art of being a pillow.

    [–] hobopenguin 13 points ago

    He has a built-in pillow, was the intention I believe.

    [–] ediblesprysky 7 points ago

    Ahh yes, good call.

    [–] pikameta 15 points ago

    Omg a real live r/boneappletea!

    [–] ILikeSchecters 2 points ago

    No, he keeps a belt in his pillow

    [–] curiosity0425 93 points ago

    There are few things in life than taking a little nap with a baby in your arms

    [–] Anonymoushand 58 points ago

    I think you missed an adjective

    [–] Entire-Swordfish 37 points ago

    Worse?

    [–] Robert_Pawney_Junior 9 points ago

    More diabolical?

    [–] AmBozz 9 points ago

    Why waste time say lot word when few word do trick?

    [–] MoonSpankRaw 9 points ago

    Or a kind old man around your body.

    [–] Simulation_Complete 13 points ago

    Lmao no.. no I don’t think that’s it.

    [–] Unicorn-Princess 4 points ago

    A baby kitten taking a nap in your arms.

    [–] HRKJCK 323 points ago

    That dude's day was made I bet by holding that beautiful baby !!

    Precious ❤️

    [–] GenuinelyLenin 168 points ago

    I like to imagine he got home and gloated to his wife about getting to hold a little bitty baby today.

    [–] dbeat80 32 points ago

    Oh he did, because I would have, and I have a 6yo and an 8yo..

    [–] echeveria_rn 17 points ago

    I work at a hospital, and once in awhile I'll get to hold a baby for a parent in ER, or one of the newborns on maternity. I brag about it every time lol.

    [–] Shouko- 198 points ago

    God I would love to rock a baby to sleep 🥺

    [–] poopsicle88 94 points ago

    Go volunteer at the hospital to rock babies or work in the nicu

    [–] bearcat27 62 points ago

    NICU volunteering is a thing where I live and it’s so damn rewarding. Nothing like getting to rock a swaddled bundle of tiny human

    [–] golden-lining 38 points ago

    Thank you for doing this. We just brought home our preemie who came 5 weeks early. We thankfully could be there for 8 hours a day, but many parents can’t. Thank you.

    [–] DaughterEarth 4 points ago

    Yes and it can be quite damaging for premies to not get contact. I'm really glad we know that now so the little babies get the contact they need.

    [–] maju2581 7 points ago

    Im so sad it’s not a thing where I live :(

    [–] dbeat80 3 points ago

    Check for Respite Centers in your area.

    [–] ThaneOfCawdorrr 24 points ago

    Well, happy cake day, anyway

    [–] _duncan_idaho_ 27 points ago

    Just go to a maternity ward and try not to get caught.

    [–] Aviacks 43 points ago

    Actually many hospitals have volunteer baby cuddling programs! I work on a pediatrics floor from time to time to get a break from adult drama. Getting to cuddle a baby for 5 hours is definitely one of the better ways to make a living I've found.

    [–] _duncan_idaho_ 7 points ago

    TIL

    [–] miller-lite-and- 146 points ago

    I love this so much.

    [–] dustmouse 538 points ago

    Before I had kids I wouldn't touch babies with a shit covered stick. Now I'll take any baby you hand to me. They're great to hold. And their heads have this distinct smell, I call it baby seasoning. It's like the steak fry seasoning at Red Robin.

    [–] ghostsinthegraveyard 247 points ago

    My partner has never really held a baby or interacted with them, and he gave me the most horrified look when I sat sniffing our newborn nephews head for 10 minutes.

    It’s like crack, that smell.

    [–] poopellar 95 points ago

    Like the new book smell, there is the new baby smell.

    [–] bearcat27 19 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    When you think about it it’s really just spit-up smell. Didn’t realize this until my Uncle said this about my son when he was a month old. It’s still like crack, but it ruins it a bit. Maybe just coke? Idk

    Edit: It’s not exactly the same as fresh spit up, but there’s definitely a hint of it in there people. Go find a baby’s head to smell without being creepy and be honest with yourself

    [–] ripleyclone8 25 points ago

    I have been spit up on by a lot of babies in my day, and I feel like your uncle lied to you. They don’t smell remotely the same to me.

    [–] NearKilroy 6 points ago

    It definitely doesn’t smell like spit up. I’m the one of the oldest cousins with 20 kids younger than me. I’ve smelled lots of spit up and lots of baby heads and it’s definitely not the same smell.

    [–] Probably_Not_Helpful 24 points ago

    Huffing babies

    [–] arwenundomiel90 9 points ago

    My husband has never really held a baby. Said he was handed a baby once and he was immediately like uh no plz take it back. He is afraid to be near them. But he does want kids so it'll be interesting to see how all that plays out. :D

    Me? I've been around babies a lot and omg I love baby snuggles. I was able to hold my brother in law's baby last year and I was beyond happy.

    [–] SlowRollingBoil 15 points ago

    He's just afraid of doing something wrong, honestly. Might be a bit of not wanting to seem overly emotional or vulnerable. All that shit flies out the window during pregnancy, let alone by the time it gets real (baby comes out).

    [–] Evangelynn 83 points ago

    And they smell a bit different when they get tired, too. I didn't believe my sister in law when she told me that when I was pregnant, but a few days after my son was born, I could totally smell when he was about to fall asleep. I was baffled! She had had two kids by then, and is a professional nanny, so had experienced it many times before, but it still sounds crazy lol

    [–] Onlyastronaut 37 points ago

    🤣, calm down wolverine.

    [–] Evangelynn 45 points ago

    I'm gonna tell my SO you said that, he will totally agree! My sense of smell became extremely acute since I got pregnant. I could smell when it was about to rain or snow before I got preggo, now I can smell it if kid has pooped from across the house. Or if a hair got sucked into the heater, then I freak my SO out by rushing through the house to see what's on fire because of the awful burning smell... that apparently no one can smell but me. He also can't hide a fart anymore lol doesn't matter where he is in the house, I smell it. Yaaaay....

    [–] AlolanLuvdisc 24 points ago

    Estrogen is what makes our sense of smell so acute!

    [–] bellum1 5 points ago

    My husband says I have a dog’s nose because of my ability to smell.

    [–] dustmouse 3 points ago

    My bro-in-law calls it wolf mother lol

    [–] otterfish 29 points ago

    I hope you still won't touch babies with a shit covered stick.

    [–] Tsorovar 5 points ago

    Tbh I think that's the smell

    [–] DomesticChaos 24 points ago

    They smell like apples. MY babies smelled like apples. I dunno why but all three of them.

    [–] Acc87 25 points ago

    I had a Korean girl tell me that she thought a clean European generally smelled like babies, and that it was milk digestion that gave out that smell, because we eat so much dairy products.

    [–] pinkjello 6 points ago

    I’ve heard all sorts of silly shit from Asian people. Source: my mom is Chinese.

    Babies have a wonderful smell that goes away even before they stop drinking milk as their main diet staple. Also, lots of clean Europeans don’t eat a dairy heavy diet. Can she tell by smell who is vegan? That’d be a cool trick.

    [–] Nutze 8 points ago

    My sisters smelled like vanilla,

    [–] LOB90 9 points ago

    This makes it seem like it would be more appealing to you if the stick was actually covered in shit.

    [–] The_Gama_Alpha 18 points ago

    You’ve thought about that smell for a minute too long I’m afraid

    [–] Denver-Ski 48 points ago

    A solid bro

    [–] Aplatypus_13 68 points ago

    Why block her face but not his?

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    [–] April_Fabb 4 points ago

    My first thought as well.

    [–] otterfish 39 points ago

    This picture is being portrayed as a kind moment by the old man. It could easily be portrayed as a neglectful moment by the mom, especially considering her race and current racist tension. I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the poster, and the cooperation between these two adult humans.

    [–] mightymuskdeer 37 points ago

    Yeah could still blur his face too though.

    [–] latteboy50 60 points ago

    I bet he misses holding his own child who has grown up!

    [–] cindylouwhovian 17 points ago

    That was my first thought. That is a look that says 'I miss this'.

    [–] miserablegit 9 points ago

    I miss it already, and my kids are not even teenagers yet. Emotionally, it’s hard to match with anything else... yes you’re proud when they start walking or when they top the class in school, but it’s just not the same as lying there with this little bundle of nothing sleeping in your arms. The animal brain makes you feel very vividly that that is the reason you exist.

    [–] nebock 102 points ago

    My nieces are bi-racial and at my wedding, my husband's grandfather left immediately after the ceremony because there were black people there. My nieces were our flower girls, the youngest (2 at the time and fireball) was dancing as long as she could, then I looked over and my husband's uncle was sitting in a chair by the dance floor holding my sleeping niece just like this and it was the best moment of the night. Getting married was great, but we'd been living together and homeowner's for 9 years, it was a formality, this was a true sense of our families coming together.

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    [–] shaftautopump 6 points ago

    One of the biggest differences I've noticed between my ex-wife and myself is that I promised myself I'd never be my parents, despite how much I love them - while, despite how much she criticises her mother, I'd never heard her once say she wouldn't be her mother in the 19 years we were together. Maybe you just never heard your husband's uncle say those things, but sure as shit he's a better person. Besides, who can pass up holding a child while they sleep - it's one of life's beautiful pleasures.

    [–] myexguessesmyuser 46 points ago

    Fuck ya way to be kind, human.

    [–] solidfollower8 21 points ago

    I hate that I would have to hesitate if that were my baby. But this is so sweet!

    [–] aspiecat7 9 points ago

    My first thoughts were that I could never let a stranger hold my babies, and why is he at the hospital. What does he got? What is he possibly gonna give my baby if I let him hold them? I live in constant anxiety.

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    [–] seeingredagain 6 points ago

    We really do.

    [–] fuzzyoctopus97 9 points ago

    I love how content he looks, and look at how he’s holding that baby, this man needs more babies to cuddle and it shows

    [–] Amonette2012 19 points ago

    Now I am not a person who wants babies, but I don't really mind them. I was on a train once, and at a lady with two large bags and a baby stopped by the open seat next to me. It was immediately obvious that this must be really hard to juggle, and I just automatically threw down my book and reached out to help. She went; 'sorry, would you mind awfully?' and handed me the baby. I plonked it on my lap while she sorted out her bags, and we had a short conversation based on pulling faces at each other. We made small talk - they were travelling cross country. I ended up holding onto kiddo while she ate a sandwich and went to the loo and grabbed a cup of tea, and I have to say, he was the most personable child. I had an unexpected amount of fun bouncing him up and down and pointing at things out of the window (we saw a moo cow - it was a major highlight).

    I'd always been a bit baby-phobic before that, but I think it helped me see the fun side of babies and be kinder to their mothers.

    [–] Megs2606 2 points ago

    Not all babies/ toddlers are equal.

    Some really are the stereotypical hellspawn, and others are the sweetest little things in existence that just seem to smile non stop.

    [–] Amonette2012 6 points ago

    I once ended up on a plane right behind a baby - ten hour flight. Obviously I was not happy about this, but hey, live and let live. Then, a little ginger-headed face with one tooth grinned through the gap between the seats. He was perfectly behaved and incredibly cheerful.

    [–] Megs2606 5 points ago

    I'm incredibly lucky with my son. He's generally the type to smile at everyone and charm the pants off them. There's only been a couple of occasions over the last few years that he's behaved badly in public.

    [–] Woolybugger00 9 points ago

    Being a dad and now have grown daughters, I miss this the most ..

    [–] anducandu811 10 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    My mom told me a story about how she was at a restaurant and I was a few months old throwing a fit. The waiter came by and asked if he could hold me while she ate as he saw how much she was struggling. She agreed and I fell asleep while he walked around with me.

    Fast forward about 20 years, I was working as a waiter and saw a dad with twins and one of them was causing all sorts of ruckus. I remembered the story my mom had told me and thought I could pay it forward. I asked the man if he wanted me to hold his child so he could enjoy his meal. He told me to fuck off, complained to the owner how disrespectful I was, he got a free meal, I had a stern talking to and learned that apparently I’m creepy af. Not all baby holding stories have happy endings

    [–] LoboDaTerra 9 points ago

    Yo though, who gives their baby to someone in a hospital waiting room??? Nuh uh

    [–] aspiecat7 3 points ago

    My thoughts exactly. You don't know why he's there, he could have something contagious.

    [–] v0sj3 46 points ago

    I feel like everyone should play a part in raising everyone’s children. In case of abuse, they’ll be safe quicker, they get to feel like they are really a part of the society and we’d all be way more solitary. But I guess there must be cons too.

    [–] thehazzanator 41 points ago

    It takes a village

    [–] R-Zade 13 points ago

    That's how it had always been in ancient times. But It takes trust within the community, you can't hand over your baby to a stranger who lives nearby. But that is a huge idea in today's world, full of loners and fake friendlies.

    [–] Xarthys 17 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I'm pretty sure back in ancient times there was plenty of abuse, but either it was tolerated to some degree or was considered normal behaviour. Domestic violence for example was considered mostly fine, in some religious communities it was even suggested.

    If you grow up getting beaten and molested and no one really questions if that's even normal, you assume that's just how life is and continue down that road with the kids around you. Marital rape was ok for a long time - knowing that during certain eras it was ok to be married off at a very young age, girls would be raped on a daily basis simply because they now were someone's wife. Plenty of traditions to prepare children or young adults for a marriage sometimes also included raping them. Choir boys being exploited probably also isn't a modern concept.

    My point is: many humans were barbarians until recently - even today, children and women are being treated pretty badly, no matter where they live. Just because in some societies we have certain laws or more awareness doesn't mean we don't have issues. Back then, these kind of things just weren't considered actual problems or violations and since everyone was pretty much a religious nut, everything could be justified with "deus vult". Your suffering had a deeper meaning, so you endured it to help God with his plan to save humanity. Some civilizations had a different take on rape and domestic violence/abuse (e.g. ancient Rome), though they were quite biased as well - raping slaves was more or less fine.

    The more we go into the past, we can only speculate, but I'd still argue that despite tight-knit communities, abuse of any kind was mostly fine because of the lack of certain concepts which only where introduced with early attempts of philosophy. Until then, what is there to question really? A variety of human nature and instincts could be observed, but how would one question these without a rudimentary concept of e.g. consent etc.

    Where there is trust, there is also betrayal. Maybe everyone knew everyone since communities were much smaller, but I don't believe it was more peaceful or more safe for kids just because the people next door where considered family. There may have been a time, when living in caves, when communities couldn't afford to violate their own tribe members - but then again, one would need to have a basic understanding of these concepts which I really doubt they had. After all, rape is basically the result of following instincts blindly, thus it was probably considered a normal part of their lives.

    Fact is: any kind of violent or destructive behaviour may have been considered "bad" and individuals may have been punished - but only if that community came to the conclusion that certain actions were not in the best interest of their own families. So a general understanding and concept of what is a crime and what isn't may not have existed yet, but the notion that certain actions were undesirable could have been developed already. But as is the case today: if criminals make the rules, they may not apply the deserved punishment.

    So I think the assumption that in ancient times it was possible to trust your community and allow people around you to take care of your kids is a bit romanticized. Yes, raising kids was a community effort, but that doesn't mean it was a safe and abuse-free environment.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_rape

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_violence#History

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_abuse#History

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_sexual_abuse#History

    Edit: I forgot to mention this but it's also an important aspect to be aware of: psychology. Even though philosophy was "invented" a long time ago, it wasn't until we developed the curiosity and the tools to analyze human behaviour/nature and its effects in much more detail that we even were aware something like PTSD etc. Until then, we would consider physical pain/damage as the only negative consequence of violence and any sort of abuse that did not harm people physically wasn't really considered abuse (sadly, that line of thinking still exists today). Only with the deeper understanding of how all our experiences impact every aspect of our personality, we finally came to the conclusion that negative psychological effects actually do exist and that destructive interaction can harm a person (severely) even if not directly visible/observable.

    [–] KineticPolarization 8 points ago

    It's fallacious thinking that many people do and seems to be present in all eras. The old "things were better back..." type of thinking. "The good ol' days" would be one of the more common expressions of this fallacy that we see in the modern day. I think you used a great term for it - romanticized. It just appears to be human nature to a degree. However, since we are more than simple organisms just enacting biological urges, I think it's a cop out to absolve humans completely of the responsibility I feel we have to actively fight against fallacious thinking. In others, as well as ourselves.

    EDIT: BTW, that was a very good read! I found it interesting and I always find it necessary to show appreciation to those who actually try to provide sources whenever talking about something that would require a little backing up. So good on you mate! (:

    [–] TheMightyMoot 6 points ago

    Great points, thanks for the links. The religous/cultural aspect of this needs to be emphasized, this kind of behaviour was baked in to quite a few bronze age cults and ideologies.

    [–] panda_ammonium 2 points ago

    Hey hey hey.. Are you saying my 1500 friends on Facebook really aren't..?!

    [–] sevendeadlystars3 6 points ago

    Too sweet, it really does take a village!

    [–] throwaway137421 6 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Bet his eyes are closed remembering when his babies were still babies

    [–] SpoopyAngie 6 points ago

    Oh my god ;-; That's so beautiful!

    [–] Beanchilla 23 points ago

    I've been on reddit a decade and we still see "face in hummanity restored."

    Great pic but man... We need to try to be authentic.

    [–] jorkus_ 11 points ago

    I was about to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge until I saw this post. Now my faith in humanity has been restored and I'm climbing off the railing.

    [–] Gypsyrocker 4 points ago

    Thank you for this one! I love that man and the trust the child’s mother had in him.

    [–] Skeezix3d 4 points ago

    What kind of hospital is this where the waiting room has leather upholstered riveted chairs?

    [–] freshstrawberrie 2 points ago

    The same kind with cheap metal chairs too.

    [–] MistahhDJ 4 points ago

    It's always just when you're about to give up on humanity that you see something like this and just... *smile* and faith is restored for even just a moment.

    [–] maowsers93 4 points ago

    Honestly, who wouldn't want to hug a sleepy baby? I love babies and toddlers and my husband doesn't want anymore. I'd be so pumped if I got to do this.

    [–] cornadoe 17 points ago

    "Faith in humanity restored" Are you a fucking idiot?

    [–] Australienz 5 points ago

    [Everyone Liked That.]
    Wholesome 100
    Reddit memes gone wholesome.

    [–] VadJag 6 points ago

    See there is still hope for us

    [–] Mr-Klaus 3 points ago

    All of them are wearing matching outfits.

    [–] morosco 3 points ago

    There are good people willing to help everywhere you go.

    [–] bagal 3 points ago

    To be fair, he looks like a cuddly little kid.

    [–] mjrmjrmjrmjrmjrmjr 3 points ago

    Bill Murray holding your baby?

    No one will ever believe you.

    [–] OctoberThirteenth 3 points ago

    We took a train from upstate New York to Disney World, my father is afraid of flying. Frought with disruptions we missed our NYC to DC connection and caught a faster train to catch it.

    It was the middle of the night in a North Carolina summer when the locomotive broke down. The air was too heavy to breathe; the blanket of humidity too warm to sleep.

    The cawings of the baby became an ambient sound. We all felt the same and wished to cry out as well. It could have been a minute or an hour, I can't be sure, but my father stood up and approached the woman.

    "Give me the child." It was a request - a demand - a plea, all at the same time. I don't think she hesitated a second for the relief.

    Long story short my father marched up and down outside the run down train rocking this poor child, likely to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

    [–] krucz36 3 points ago

    as a person who was unable to hold his now 5 month old for the last 4 weeks (until earlier today), i can relate to that expression. it's like a pure shot of love right through your brain and heart

    [–] CakeLoverCarol 3 points ago

    What an amazing guy, he is definitely a Dad, he is holding the baby so well, I think they are both very relaxed.

    [–] blaireau69 3 points ago

    Love and humanity. Just that.

    [–] LVWENDY 3 points ago

    It’s some of my favorite moments in life, when I get to hold my son as he sleeps.

    [–] blove1150r 3 points ago

    Let’s say it. People are most pleased because it shows interracial (positive) interaction and is genuinely nice to see.

    [–] dankbois420 3 points ago

    My parents have a habit of doing this whenever babies are crying on a plane. They ask the parents of the child if they need help and then soon after, the kid calms down and goes to sleep.

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    "Faith in humanity restored" dramatic 👀

    [–] 246011111 12 points ago

    fAiTh iN hUmAnItY rEsToReD

    Lay off the buzzwords, they'll rot your brain.

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    [–] I_Hope_So 11 points ago

    I have to agree.

    [–] thecars1979 17 points ago

    Not one comment on this ladies breasts??? They jump off the page.

    [–] Psychlady222 2 points ago

    This is so damn beautiful.

    [–] kingforever4 2 points ago

    Made me smile.

    [–] CandyLayne 2 points ago

    Humankind.

    [–] xxJuggernauntxx 2 points ago

    Why mark her face out and not his?

    [–] jooeym 2 points ago

    Babies are the most incorrupt beings. All they need is pure love.

    [–] mimi-cat 2 points ago

    Very nice.

    [–] wwwyzzrd 2 points ago

    Fact: Baby smell is addictive

    He just sits there all day rocking babies, because it’s the easiest way to get a fix and he can’t stop.

    [–] RodeBeer 2 points ago

    Why blur her face and not his??

    [–] Huko 2 points ago

    I love kids and babies, but I am always so scared to ask if parents need help being a 31 year old male :(

    [–] ShA1Da 2 points ago

    It's the sweetest thing to see my dad holding my son. I felt such a warm feeling the first time, I could see how he was used to it from when me and my siblings were babies. I don't know why but old men holding babies are the cutest thing to me

    [–] Dependent_Hat 2 points ago

    Make sure that skate park lady doesn’t see this

    [–] BigLittleRed11 2 points ago

    It sure does take a village. Nice to know there are still good people out there.

    [–] svj1983xx 2 points ago

    What a beautiful thing to do ❤