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September 12, 2007

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Boulder

The BEST kissy girls usually go for the younger boys - the better to bend them to the girls' wills.

All I'm saying...

knobody

i would trade kissy girls for puking boys right about now.

Jody

It's the "huggies" in our school, and in Wilder's class at least, the teachers put a stop to it at the beginning of this (the third) week. I think too many children were taking bad falls, trying to get away (or make the chase more interesting, depending on how you think the participants really feel about this game).

Tammy

Beware of the cooties...

elaine

Kids must be born knowing this game! I think some version of it is played on practically every elementary school ground & it isn't a new development by any means. I think we called it "Girls Kiss the Boys" when I was in school back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth.

SouthernBell

My husband would die if his daughter was a Kissy girl --Kissy, kissy, kissy would mean kill, kill, kill.

louise

Hi,

Delurking to say that that game must be played everywhere! I remember playing "Catch and Kiss" when I was a child here in New Zealand, oh 26-27 years ago.

The trick was to run like heck if you didn't want to be caught by someone you didn't like and sort of pootle around laughing flirtily until you were caught by someone you did.

Though I remember being caught a lot (especially by a gorgeous boy called Caleb), I don't seem to remember the kissing bit, so must have been a bit tame.

If Seb and Adam say they hate it, they are secretly *loving* it, as every child I knew did.

Lou.

Heather

My 8 and 6 year old daughters would definitely be considered kissy girls. Not because they are playing a game, but because they are such enthusiastic friends. At first I was a bit taken aback by all the kissing and hugging between kids at school (We NEVER did that when I was a kid 30 years ago). Equally stunning was that the boys were as into the hugs and kisses as the girls. I think this has come about because parents are more affectionate with their children these days. There is a lot more attention paid to our children's feelings, we are encouraged to sit and read with our kids daily, and babies are carried and held more instead of left in playpens all day. Fathers are more likely to hug their child when he is scared, then to tell him to suck it up. Public affection is no longer so taboo.

In contrast, many schools now have a "no touching policy" for the staff to ward off possible abuse. A child cries from falling down, limps over to his teacher, but the teacher must not comfort him with a hug, only words. Even a pat on the back or a tousle of the hair could be suspect. This is very sad.

Penny

The world needs more hugs.

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