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Touching Teens: Hugs, Hand Holding and Non-Sexual Cuddling

Posted May 14 2009 1:18pm


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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