When I was catching up on my daily news, you know…Facebook, I saw a local radio station talking about the ban of Hide and Go Seek because it made kids secretive and anti-social. What is this world coming to?
Hide and Go Seek is one the best parts of child hood. It is a game that nearly every child plays and has so much fun. How can you say it makes you anti-social when it is a game you HAVE to play with others? Yes, you are hiding, but it’s just.a.game.
I started doing some research on this subject and the first thing I found was an article on Momtastic where she goes onto to say that Hide and Go Seek teaches kids to be secretive, hide and not come out, sends mixed messages and may be over the kids heads and they may not know the difference between real and play. Are you kidding me?!? It is a GAME. It is fun. Kids know the difference between real and play and if they don’t, it is your job to teach them.
When I was little we played so many games the kids aren’t allowed to play anymore. Red Rover was one of my favorites, although the kids can’t play it now because I guess too many kids got hurt. Eh, kids these days are scared of getting hurt. I might have ended up with a bruise or two playing Red Rover, but I got over it. I have amazing memories of playing that game. My poor children will never have that opportunity.
Taking away all the joys and fun of childhood is changing our kids. We wonder why they don’t want to be more active. We wonder why they will sit in front of the Xbox all day long and refuse to go outside and play. We are taking all the FUN out of childhood.
When I was a kid I remember going out and riding my bike for hours. I remember playing with my friends in the neighborhood. I remember going to birthday parties and having FUN. So many of these things are going away. So many of these things are being away from our kids because “experts” are finding they are causing “problems” in our kids. Maybe the problem is we aren’t letting kids be kids. We aren’t letting kids get out, explore and have fun.
I play Hide and Go Seek with my kids. I play Tag with my kids at the park. Is it wrong? Am I damaging my kids because I’m outside playing with them? Because they are running away from me, is it teaching them to be defiant? NO. I am teaching them to have FUN. I am teaching them to play and be active.
What do you think? Should there be a ban on these games? Am I totally off my rocker or are the “experts”?