School Offers Spa Services to Stressed-Out Kindergartners

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little toesThink you're having a tough day? Try being a kindergartner. No. Really. Kindergartners are the latest victims of stress. So much stress, in fact, that a school in Germany has now set up spa services for their kindergarten classes.

Just picture it: Kids getting massages. Kids getting pedicures. Kids getting ... now wait just a gosh darn minute here. I want to be a kindergartner!

No. Really. I don't care about the massages (although if you're offering ...) for these little kids.

I would give my engagement ring to go back to the days when the heaviest thing weighing on my mind was how to cut out the picture of Peter Rabbit without going over the lines. Yeah, I get that kindergarten is more stressful these days when it was when we were kiddos. Did you know they actually have homework? I didn't until my kid hit the first year of public school, and proceeded to spend afternoons fresh off the bus putting pencil to paper.

But still. I have a mortgage. She had to circle things that started with "Sh." Even the bullies on the playground (and ooooh, boy, don't get me started on those buttheads) aren't as mean as the guy who will call my house if I don't sign my John Hancock to the check that's due to the bank this month.

I'm not going to hide my head in the sand and pretend that there aren't mental health issues that little kids deal with. The rates of depression in little kids are skyrocketing, and I think it has more to do with parents waking up and getting their kids treatment than it does with actual increases in problems.

But I'm rather glad to note that my kid is just fine and dandy without spa treatments thankyouverymuch. Because if she can't get through the stress of a few worksheets, how is she ever going to handle cursive?

What do you think of giving kindergartners spa treatments?

 

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Disney17 Disney17

I think it's ridiculous that a kindergarten needs a spa treatment because he or she is "stressed."

butte... butterflyfreak

I don't think I would want my child's time at school taken up by something as frivolous as this. My child is there to play with her friends and learn the things she needs to be successful in life. If I feel that my daughter is getting stressed, because I do believe children feel stress and that it can impact their ability to learn, I will take my daughter out on my own to de-stress. Yeah, maybe we'll go gt pedi's together, maybe we'll just blow some steam off at the park. The point is, we need to pay attention to our kids' stress levels. Maybe it seems silly to US that our kid is stressed about the kindergarten life, but to them, it's HUGE. And we're not doing them any favors by down-playing it and making it seem unimportant.

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