While raising three teenagers, I have been impressed by their interactions with peers when it comes to friendships and emotional support. The number of spontaneous hugs is a wonderful thing to see, and something that was very uncommon when I was a male teen in the 70s.
Well, it seems that schools don’t agree, and many of them are banning hugs between children, or other forms of physical interaction. Apparently, our local primary school where my kids went has now jumped on this bandwagon. Not only are we raising our children to be overly fearful and unadventurous, we are also teaching them that healthy hugs are not appropriate.