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Schools that ban running, tag and cartwheels make me want to scream

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Schools that ban running, tag and cartwheels make me want to scream

[caption id="attachment_3297" align="aligncenter" width="559" caption="Hula hooping might be the only physical activity allowed in some schools at this rate."] [/caption] One of the things lighting up my Facebook feed right now is how a school in  Aldergrove, B.C. has banned "hands-on" play for kindergarten students. (The other is Toronto mayor Rob Ford's admission that he smoked crack.) So that would mean tag. Pushing each other on swings. Not allowed. Wait. WHAT???? At other schools, I have also heard about bans on running tag (walking tag is allowed), and just plain old running. This is all just so ridiculous that I honestly want to scream. One online story that we're working on bringing you is how we adults contribute to our kids lack of exercise. Kindergarten kids love physical play, and it should be encouraged. There are respectful ways to play "hands-on" with each other. Instead of a ban, why not impart some life skills they can use? Oh, and did you think this is an isolated school? Banning cartwheels, tag and other schoolyard fun is a trend. It's happening in American schools. Watch this: I don't know about you, but having a school-age son, I want him to be running when it's playtime outside! As much as he can! And if he's playing games with other kids, isn't that what childhood and school is all about? The fun parts of it, anyway? Sheesh. How long do you think the school's ban will last until it's overturned? -Helen Photo credit: Photomorphic/Istock.  
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