Anyways, in our discussion it led to preschool and school age children. One friend mentioned that she is friends with a guy that os on the head of head start california (government run preschool program). He said it was one of the worse jobs ever. He said that sad part was that these children (3,4yrs old) could not be held, hugged ot touched in that sort of way. Some children would be so upset that they would ve throwing themselves and hurting themselves and there was nothing anyone could do about it. I noticed that seems to be the same in public schools. Children cant hug eachother. I can see why in a way, but it saddens me. My children are homeschooled, they are very affectionate with everyone, doesnt matter what age. My 7 yr old hugs everyone pretty much (not so much my 5 and 3 yr old). I noticed at parks he will try and give a goodbye hug to his cousins, or maybe a friend that they had played with, and it seems strange to others, but second nature to him.
Also, doctors and nurses arent allowed to hug patients. My friend was a nurse and she said she remembered a depressed patienr trying to hug her, but she couldnt. Imo, touch heals, it can also be a tool to hurt, but I dont think it's necessary to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Do you?