Education Without Touch—Is It Possible?

I’m a firm believer that building relationships should be a top priority for homeschooling parents. You’re already spending more time together than most families, so why not take advantage of this opportunity to realize your relationships’ full potential? I recommend that you intentionally invest in each other and do the hard work to know and love God, know and love each family member, and know and love your neighbors.

My question for you is this: Should hugs, kisses, and appropriate physical touch be part of a relationship-building plan? The obvious answer is “Absolutely!” It only makes sense to relate to our loved ones by giving them a loving, nurturing hug every once in a while—maybe even multiple times a day! So why am I asking about physical touch and how it relates to home education and relationships?

Did you know that in most schools, it’s not permissible for teachers to touch their students? I was talking with a traditional schoolteacher recently who loves her young pupils. She knows about many of their difficult situations, such as divorce of a child’s parents, a recent relocation, or struggles with a particular school subject. She sees the tears well up and knows when a student is feeling real emotional pain and sorrow. She tries to console them while resisting the urge to give them a much-needed hug. She told me how difficult it is to be authentic and accessible to a hurting child when the no-touch policy communicates a clear distance.

A relationship is not consummated until flesh touches flesh. This might take the form of a handshake, a pat on the back, a hug, or a kiss. But you simply cannot build a relationship if you can’t touch one another in some kind of appropriate manner.

I see no need to say any more. It’s pretty simple. Go give your kid a hug today and keep working on that relationship that will last a lifetime.

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

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