Cuddle Parties: Hot, New Feel-Good Trend or Total Nightmare?

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I woke up this morning with a 3-year-old lying on top of me and my 7-year-old demanding tickles. By the time I got downstairs to give my husband a good-morning kiss, I was already on my way to having another day where someone was touching me at almost every moment. So when I read about the new trend of cuddle parties, where people sign up to go snuggle with strangers, my first thought was, "Oh, hell no!"

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According to the founders of the nonprofit company Cuddle Party, these three-hour long events are designed to bring "clean, safe, welcomed affection to the world" by giving adults an environment for "amazing conversation, to touch, to be touched, to have fun." These parties are led by certified cuddle facilitators who go through a four-month training program, and all participants pay to attend.

So, yes. People are paying for snuggling.

And, yes, this is a real thing with events scheduled this month in California, Australia, British Columbia, Utah, Illinois, and Washington.

But, no, this isn’t about sex. The rules for cuddle parties are very clear. Pajamas stay on, consent to touch is a must, and no hanky-panky is allowed.

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The non-mom part of my brain can kind of see the appeal. If you are single or otherwise not getting a lot of affection, it can be easy to feel lonely, depressed, or like you are craving physical contact. Human beings have a strong biological and physical need for touch -- something that many people find that they get less of in the digital age.

However, the mom side of me hates this idea. Strangers spooning me? Taking three hours away from the kids so that more people can touch me? No, thank you very much. I’d much prefer to spend three hours reading in total, blissful, touch-free silence.

Not touching? Now I might pay money for that!

 

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