A Connecticut Middle School has recently banned touching of any kind.
At first, I thought, what a good thing. Then, as I ruminated on the article more, I couldn’t help but wonder if this was really a good idea. I think that physical touch is extremely important. Here are some discussion points on this issue. If you have a Radical Parenting Group, this would be a great discussion topic. Otherwise, consider discussing the implications of this ban with your teens:
Talking Points for Your Teen on Touching
-How do we understand the difference between sexual touch and non-sexual touch?
-How does touch affect friendships? How does it affect relationships?
-Is it healthy to ban touching, when we want our youth to think it is a normal part of life?
-Should middle schoolers be hugging? Should they be cuddling in the hallways? Where do we draw the line?
-If we ban it, will they want to do it more?
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