Hello to everyone! First off, I don't own a parrot right now. My family and I have been in serious discussions about owning a parrot as an addition to our family though. I have been doing research on medium sized parrots, and we have come down to either an alexandrine parakeet or an Eclectus. First a bit of background. I am not a parrot amateur, I had a cockatiel when I was growing up that gave me 16 years of joy. She was a snuggle bunny that wanted nothing more than to hang out with us and be pet on our chests while watching TV. She was more family than pet lol. She was caged only when no one was home, and had full flighted freedom 99 percent of the time when someone was. It's been almost 15 years since she passed, but I still can't get that special bond with a bird out of my head. Fast forward to now.. I have 2 amazing boys, a wife, and a stable home, and I really want another bird. I have always wanted a bigger bird who is still not a "one person" bird with socialization, and I'm down to 3 choices. An Eclectus, a green cheeked conure, or an alexandrine parakeet. From my research, I know that I may have been spoiled with my cockatiel on the cuddles front, and that's OK. I don't "need" a super cuddly bird, but one that is more even keeled to family life and accept everyone for their designated duties as layed out by the bird lol. From what I've read, that is the Eclectus. I just want to make sure that I get the right bird for my family, and make his/her life a good one. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.