Sitting down this evening to watch the evening local news, something I rarely have time to do, I heard a story that blows my mind. Apparently there is a school in Minneapolis that has implemented a policy for their elementary school of “No Touching” on the playground. The new rule pertains to the games of touch football and tag.

The school principal says she is doing this to alleviate injuries, but also to make sure aggression between children does not happen. Now, I understand her thought process, but for goodness sakes, when are we as a society going to stop treating our children with white gloves?

I have heard of schools that do not allow kids to play kickball, one of my favorite games as a child, or dodge ball, because someone might get hit by the ball. These sports not only foster quick thinking, agility, and exercise, but they also teach our children proper sportsmanship and how to treat others. In today’s society, however, we would rather our children be injury free, instead of building confidence and growing into life.

There are even schools who do not allow hugging or hand holding. See how ridiculous this is getting? In our litigious society, schools fear lawsuits from parents for physical and emotional injuries to their children. No longer is anything an accident…someone has to be to blame.

Elementary school is the beginning of life amongst others. Children have to learn manners, sharing, dealing with loss, peer pressure, physical changes, bullying, etc. If we shelter them too much, as is currently happening at our public schools, the only thing we will accomplish is raising children who cannot think for themselves, nor take care of themselves.

WE as parents are the only ones who can change this scary trend. It’s time to say enough is enough of these silly rules, and just let the kids BE kids!

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  1. Greg Broadbent May 18, 2008 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    I totally agree. Now they are taking the Losers out of some games. How can you have a game where nobody ever wins? What is that teaching our kids. I would much rather my child learn that they are good at some things and bad at others. Unless you have such little faith in your kid that you believe they su** at everything. Everyone wonders why kids are “kids” until their 20’s now. Let them learn, live and grow up when they are young.

  2. Jennifer Kirby May 19, 2008 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Another trend I have seen here in the Twin Cities is high schools having 10 validictorians at graduation. No longer can we have just one person be validictorian, but we have to appease everyone, giving everyone the title. Like you say, Greg, no one can be a loser anymore, nor come in second place. What are our kids going to learn in life when they have never “failed”?

  3. Stapeliad May 22, 2008 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I know, I’m so with you on this- it’s ridiculous.

    Teaching kids not to touch each other doesn’t teach them healthy boundaries or safe touching vs unsafe touching. It’s a neurotic response.

    I liked kickball too, but *HATED* Red Rover because I was a really small kid and I always got hurt pretty badly.

    Society is really going downhill. Fast.

  4. Jennifer Kirby May 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    But I bet you learned alot from Red Rover…you realized what your comfort zone was, and you also realized that if you get hurt, don’t play. Today, kids don’t even get the choice.

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