My (hopefully) irrational fear about my daughter going to kindergarten (and beyond)
So my daughter is starting kindergarten it is all day everyday which I don't agree with for kindergarten but that is a completely different thing. I have an issue with that she won't see her dad except for on the weekends really (he works second shift and will be leaving for work as I am going to pick her up) but that still isn't the main issue.
My main issue is that she is VERY affectionate and friendly, so much so that it can be frustrating when trying to get things done (I know that it shouldn't be and I do love getting hugs and kisses from her throughout the day). I love that about her, she loves everyone, she doesn't care about boy/girl, young/old, male/female, any of that. I am worried that she will lose this in school. Don't get me wrong, I know she will probably "outgrow" at least some of this on her own but I feel like schools focus so much on no one touching anyone these days that it really is to the point of hurting instead of helping. I understand that they have to cover their butts but at the same time is a hug here and there going to hurt anyone? When I was little teacher's hugged students all of the time, and now I have been told by several different teachers (at stages throughout their careers) that they are told not to hug students or anything like that anymore. I have also been to a couple of kindergarten classes and when students hugged they were told to keep their hands to themselves. That honestly is just wrong to me, of course if one kid was hugging another who didn't want to be hugged that would be a different story but these kids were hugging each other, not one chasing the other down or anything like that.
Anyway I guess I am just venting and I hope my daughter can hold onto her kind, compassionate, affectionate personality for as long as possible and realize that (appropriate of course) touching is not a bad thing and that everyone just needs a hug sometimes. Do you feel like kids are dissuaded from these things now or is it just me? If you made it this far thanks for reading, I didn't intend for it to get this long.