Most people agree that kids are naturally curious explorers who learn by doing -- whether that entails stretching their minds or their muscles. One mom penned a spot-on permission slip so her sons would be allowed to climb trees after they were scolded by an administrator after school hours.
Julie Walsh Holcombe had a self-proclaimed "soapbox moment" spurred by the fact that her sons and their friends weren't allowed to "partake in the beautiful playground nature can provide."
Take a look at this mom's wish that her kids be allowed to enjoy what's left of their fleeting childhood moments:
It's really sad that she had to come out and give permission, isn't it?
My children have permission to climb any tree they so desire. In fact, I encourage it, whenever and wherever they can, for as long as they both shall live. I can think of few things better than knowing they are spending their time playing outside in the fresh air, taking advantage of the beautiful playground nature can provide, getting exercise, using their imagination, chatting with their squad of friends, all while climbing a tree.
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Still, you can kind of see the school's point, as Holcombe acknowledges. If one of these kids fell during recess and broke a bone or suffered a concussion, there are plenty of parents who'd run up to the main office threatening to sue.
But, did the school official go too far? Some schools have banned games like tag and even running on playgrounds out of safety concerns. Where do you draw the line?
Holcombe covers all the proverbial bases by absolving the school of any liability in advance when she writes:
And if this correspondence doesn’t help calm your nerves about a potential lawsuit, below please find an official permission slip — admissible evidence in any court of law. Feel better? No? Then I suggest you climb a tree. It’s really relaxing.
She has a point: Physical exertion, like the kind you get from climbing, can be very therapeutic. When her sons return after a long school day, perhaps they're better able to focus on their homework because they've expended a bit of energy in a park.
You have to love the way she ends her Facebook caption: "Because for the love of Pete, kids should be able to climb trees."
If you stop allowing kids to follow their natural inclinations to explore, you're shortchanging their imaginations and their development. If you don't agree, climb a tree and see if it makes you feel young again.
Image via juliewalshholcombe/Facebook