So a middle school in New York has banned all balls from the playground and say tag and cartwheels must be supervised by a coach. It’s just too dangerous. All I can say is it’s about damn time!! Finally someone has identified the dangers of ball play. I mean, did we learn nothing from Marsha Brady?
And that was in the comfort of her own backyard! Who knows what could happen if groups of children in large grassy areas are left alone with balls! I pray that other schools follow suite.
As for cartwheels, of course helmets are a good idea. Don’t be stupid.
All children under the age of 18 should be required to wear a helmet everywhere. There are too many things that could cause damage. Wrap those kids up in bubble wrap every time they leave the house. It is the safe thing to do! Be responsible parents!
Seriously, we need to keep an eye on our children at all times, arm them with protective gear (literally not figuratively, of course) in every situation. For God’s sake, do not let them do things for themselves. At least until they are 18 and go away to college. And by “go away” I mean, move to the basement and take classes at the local community college. I’m sure they can take classes in things like :
Street Smarts ~ Indigestion or Instinct? ~ How to handle yourself without your helmet~ I’m ok, you’re ok (even if we don’t get a trophy)
Our parents were idiots. We had too much freedom. Too much independence. Too many real life experiences that led to making choices and trusting our instincts. I mean, I rode my bike to school! I played in the neighborhood with friends and no parent supervision! Cartwheels WITHOUT HELMETS!!! I am lucky to be alive. And so are you. And you. And you. And you.
It’s time parents understood that it is our job to overparent…I mean, protect our children from everything we possibly can.
Self esteem, instincts, independence……they can get that later, when we’re dead.
I mean, what’s the alternative? Let children learn things through living? Teach them how to be aware and make good choices? Not on my watch, no sir!