Rules, Rules & More Rules for Kids: Here's Why I Hate Some of Them! by Mike Prochaska
I don’t like rules. Actually, I hate rules! If you can tell me why a rule is needed fine, but if I know better and you tell me those are the rules, but I know they’re against the child’s best interests, I ask why. Rules are supposed to protect people and make sure they are safe. But what if there are too many rules that restrict kids from learning and growing?
For example, at my kids’ school they not allowed to throw snowballs – even at the wall. Why not? It helps build gross motor skills. Don’t tell my kids, but I would be so proud of them if they fought against this rule and I got a call that my kids were throwing snowballs. Just like all other play, you have to have guidelines (don’t throw at your friends’ faces), but someone is always afraid someone is going to get hurt.
If you set the guidelines for at the wall only, no one is going to get hurt and kids get the thrill. And no one knows why the rules are that way, they just following them because someone told them that’s the rules. But why? Think about rules before you mindlessly follow them. If you don’t resist stupid rules they will never get changed.
What do you think??