Yesterday I took a few lovely books over to my neighbor for her to share with her grandson. Upon receiving them he began hugging me.
Grandma: “He’s a hugger.”
I just stood there like a post…
Grandson: “I was born real close to Valentines day and that’s why I love everyone so much.” (paraphrased because I honestly can’t remember exactly what he said.)
It took me an embarrassingly long time to respond to his loving and normal display of gratitude on receiving my gift.
So what was that all about?
Well you see, when I taught in California there were so many lawsuits going on involving teachers and inappropriate touch (more than one is too many!!!) that we were instructed NOT TO TOUCH OUR STUDENTS. Those who did only touched the top of their little head, or their hands for proper instruction and help with holding a pencil.
This is all wrong. Little kids need hugs and an appropriate show of affection from caregivers. (And whether you know it or not your child’s teacher is a caregiver/stand in mother, protector, parapsychologist, as well as educator for your little darling) 😉 We
do try to do it all and more each day and all without touching them for fear of being accused of inappropriate behavior.
It saddens me to realize how programmed I had become, and that the programming has persisted even into my retirement.
It makes me wonder is it just me?
Do all teachers feel/react like this nowadays?
Do parents worry about this kind of thing?
Do the students?
How has it come to this?
It makes me sad for the children.