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Why You Shouldn't Play Hide and Seek [More Nanny State Insanity]
Momtastic Magazine ^ | 6/25/2012 | Rachel

Posted on 09/29/2012 3:07:37 PM PDT by varyouga

Recently it was banned from a playground in England, the topic of a sex convict’s confession in New Zealand, the subject of a child’s funeral here in the United States and the reason for a 911 call in my own back yard.

Can you guess what it is?

Hide and Seek. Yes, hide and seek.

In our era of parenting, there are two philosophies regarding children’s interactions with the world that have seemingly emerged. Philosophy one views the world as a mostly safe place that we need to allow our children to freely experience and explore, and philosophy two views the world as a mostly dangerous place that we need to protect and shelter our children from. Then there are those who fall somewhere in the middle, parents who are aware of the dangers of the world but not fearful, and are concerned about their child’s safety but not obsessed. I think those are the type of parents we should strive to be.

So whether you subscribe to philosophy one or two, whether your agree or disagree that games like hide and seek should be banned from school yard, or whether you see bad things as happening to children all the time or as a rarity, it’s important to try to reach middle ground and address serious dangers around seemingly harmless things.

Like hide and seek.

Whether you advocate for playing hide and seek or not, there are principles of the game worth considering: • Hide and seek promotes secretive play. The nature of the game is to not tell anyone where you are and what you are doing. • Hide and seek asks children to hide and not come out. The nature of the game is to ask children to hide so they can’t be found. • Hide and seek sends mixed messages. The nature of the game asks children to do what we’ve always told them not to. • Hide and seek requires mind skills young children may not have. The nature of the game requires you to differentiate between hiding for real and hiding for pretend play.

When it comes to hide and seek, what you choose to do it up to you. What’s important is that you’ve come to your decision from an educated and informed place.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Conspiracy; Humor; Society
KEYWORDS: childhood; kids; nannystate; parenting
I'm still speechless but here are some of the comments:

"This article is a joke? Right?"

"Talk about the dumbing down of kids."

"'promotes secretive play'. My god!!!"

"aha, all I can think of is that the last time all of my grown children were home, they regaled the family with tales of their secret hiding places...around the house, the yard, the barn, etc. What a sad and empty childhood this author must offer her children."

1 posted on 09/29/2012 3:07:49 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga

In the section of our local paper that lists calls police and fire department go on, I see the police responded to a call about two children left unattended in their own yard.

Earlier this summer I saw one about police responding to a call about a 12 year old left unattended in a car at her own home.


2 posted on 09/29/2012 3:13:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: varyouga
Hide and seek promotes secretive play. The nature of the game is to not tell anyone where you are and what you are doing.

Planned Parenthood and their pro-teen sex organization SIECUS already do this. They indoctrinate kids to circumvent their parents' teachings and morals.

3 posted on 09/29/2012 3:18:50 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: varyouga

Next up - no more imaginary friends. And, any child moving faster than their aged disabled grandparents will be taken aside and talked to.


4 posted on 09/29/2012 3:20:52 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("OF COURSE I TALK TO MYSELF - Sometimes I need an expert opinion")
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To: varyouga

Children’s stories and games are supposed to be about the dangers and challenges of the real world, which is exactly why hide-and-seek appeals to children. “Fight or flight” also includes the option of hiding, and it good for kids to have played at that skill, so they know intuitively what works. Besides, it’s fun, and kids should enjoy life.


5 posted on 09/29/2012 3:20:59 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: a fool in paradise

You must show your papers...

It is finished.


6 posted on 09/29/2012 3:21:03 PM PDT by Shady (Hey, King Bozo Osmocote....you can't hide the truth anymore..)
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To: varyouga

As a young mother in the 60’s, I allowed my children a lot of freedom and admit to not always knowing precisely where they were. They were allowed to ride bikes to school and a nearby playground. However, the news was not full of abductions, abuse and murders.

This change in fear and vigilance, I believe, is a reflection of our modern amoral society.

I am a neurotic about security and safe behavior for my grandchildren and during a game of Hide & Seek - I too contemplated the stupidity of teaching the kids how to run away and hide from Grandma . It’s horrible - I wish it were not so.


7 posted on 09/29/2012 3:29:20 PM PDT by sodpoodle
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To: Pollster1

It gives us great memories to talk about with old lifelong friends as well. Just today an old friend and I were talking about the day his sister broke his nose with a bat while we were playing ball as kids.


8 posted on 09/29/2012 3:32:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Do you remember playgrounds long ago, when they were fun? Today’s play equipment is, except for the swings, dramatically less interesting, challenging, and fun than the old stuff.


9 posted on 09/29/2012 3:36:02 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Pollster1
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10 posted on 09/29/2012 3:46:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Pollster1

I liked the monkey bars. Do they exist anymore?


11 posted on 09/29/2012 3:53:59 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: cripplecreek

You haven’t lived until you have a scar on or under your chin.


12 posted on 09/29/2012 3:55:10 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

I have one just under my lower lip that goes all the way through. I have another small one over my eyebrow that I don’t even remember where it came from.


13 posted on 09/29/2012 3:58:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: EEGator

No! They’ve been deemed racist.


14 posted on 09/29/2012 4:01:38 PM PDT by jughandle
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To: cripplecreek

I was shocked when a friend told me recently that her 12yo son was too young for her to leave him without a babysitter for an evening.

That’s the age at which we used to be the babysitter! Whatever happened to our grit in the last few decades?


15 posted on 09/29/2012 4:05:41 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: cripplecreek

I was shocked when a friend told me recently that her 12yo son was too young for her to leave him without a babysitter for an evening.

That’s the age at which we used to be the babysitter! Whatever happened to our grit in the last few decades? Oh, and she’s in an incredibly safe, wealthy town in CT.


16 posted on 09/29/2012 4:06:16 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: EEGator

Tree climbing still exists. Otherwise, there aren’t many good playgrounds.


17 posted on 09/29/2012 4:09:03 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: cripplecreek

You have lived. Getting injured is part of growing up.


18 posted on 09/29/2012 4:10:44 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: jughandle

Haha. Are there Caucasian bars?


19 posted on 09/29/2012 4:11:56 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Pollster1

I loved climbing trees as a kid.


20 posted on 09/29/2012 4:12:43 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: varyouga

This article is reason number 73 of, “why a Russian woman is a better choice as a wife”.


21 posted on 09/29/2012 4:16:23 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: SkyDancer

” no more imaginary friends.”

I miss Little Moo!


22 posted on 09/29/2012 4:28:17 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: EEGator

My great grandmother used to say “Patch em up and send em back to the front”.


23 posted on 09/29/2012 4:29:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Yeah and I miss - hmm, never mind.


24 posted on 09/29/2012 4:41:20 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("OF COURSE I TALK TO MYSELF - Sometimes I need an expert opinion")
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To: varyouga
I like "hide the salami".......

FMCDH(BITS)

25 posted on 09/29/2012 4:44:25 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: varyouga
What a sad and empty childhood this author must offer her children."

Indeed, she probably aborted all of them, but has "studied a lot" and "conducted extensive research" on parenting. She is therefore in a position that commands respect; YOU should listen to HER telling YOU how to be a parent.....she is the expert after all.

26 posted on 09/29/2012 5:07:40 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Official Romney/GOP-E Platform - We suck less)
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To: EEGator; cripplecreek
I have three vertical scars that run vertical from lower lip down.......I was sledding down a hill and some random fat kid jumped on my back - forcing my upper teeth downward.

Then they were stuck in there........Good Lord, the amount of blood when I finally pried my mouth open.

27 posted on 09/29/2012 5:11:06 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Official Romney/GOP-E Platform - We suck less)
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To: EEGator

I’ve banged myself up plenty from biking. Then there’s the other times when I went down and almost screwed up my eye, got knocked out, almost had the other eye bitten by my aunt’s dirty little something something of a dog when I was a kid.


28 posted on 09/29/2012 5:38:05 PM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: varyouga

How about a game called “Hide” my older cousins used to play with the younger ones. The little ones would go hide while the old ones covered their eyes and counted to one hundred. By that time the younger ones were gone and the older ones could have some fun. :-)


29 posted on 09/29/2012 5:46:39 PM PDT by KarlInOhio ("Government is the only thing that we all belong to"=implicit repeal of the 13th amendment for all.)
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To: Repeat Offender; wastedyears; cripplecreek

And yet we’ve all grown to be adults. I think people learn more from mistakes(injuries) than their successes.


30 posted on 09/29/2012 6:15:34 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: varyouga
OMG...next will be:

No more Musical Chairs, because it is not fair to leave someone out.

No more Hop Scotch, because it is not nice to make fun of people who might only have one leg.

No more "Red Rover" because it is racist, American Indians might object.

No more playing Tag because saying "You're it" might be considered bullying.

No more "Ring around the Rosey" because saying "we all fall down" doesn't give anyone a choice if they want to stay standing.

No more "Patty Cake" because saying "and put it in the oven for baby and me," is selfish, it is not sharing and spreading the goodies.

All of this is possible reasoning in the eyes of the looney Left.

31 posted on 09/29/2012 6:47:28 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: EEGator

Yeah, like how not to ride a bike down stairs. Put too much of your weight forward, and you fall on your face. I still have a subdermal chip in one of my front teeth from that, when I was around 13.


32 posted on 09/29/2012 6:53:29 PM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: wastedyears

Haha, probably without a helmet too. I learned that if you wedge your foot in between the front tire and frame, you do a front wheelie. If your going too fast, you fly over the handlebars. It’s really a miracle that boys live to be men.


33 posted on 09/29/2012 7:00:16 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Yeah, I stopped wearing a helmet around the age of 12. If I was wearing one at the time I face planted, it would’ve caused my chin to hit first and I may have lost some adult teeth, if not cracked my jaw.

I know that trick too. Happened to me, although I was going into a garage too fast, hit the front brake and flipped the bike just to stop. Fell in some really nasty water that had leaked from the ceiling, and ended up smelling like vomit. Definitely wasn’t a fun 10 minutes.


34 posted on 09/29/2012 7:12:40 PM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: wastedyears; EEGator

As an aside, I’m surprised I’ve never broken a bone, and the only surgeries I’ve had were scheduled ones dealing with my ear.

There’s a couple indentations in my right shin from a pedal slamming into it about a dozen times, sometimes twice in one day.


35 posted on 09/29/2012 7:15:45 PM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: wastedyears

I have those same dents in the shin. I’ve broken quite a few bones though, and received stitches multiple times. I like to call them character builders.


36 posted on 09/29/2012 7:20:14 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: varyouga

37 posted on 09/29/2012 9:13:59 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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