When I hesitate to look at or talk to my injured parent or, I shy away from touching, hugging, or kissing my injured parent, I may be saying, “It’s been a long time. I need time to reconnect.” You can support me by giving me time to reconnect. Show me that it’s OK to hug my injured parent if it is OK, but don’t force me. I’ll cuddle when I’m ready. Offer me a chance to draw a picture, sing a song, or get something for my injured parent. Let me show you when I am ready.