Public Display of Affection in School

by katiem2

Learn the significance of hugging, saying I love you and public displays of affection in an on the schools where your child learns.

I’m a freelance writer who’s forever observing my surroundings with a writer’s eye. Where there’s a story to be told, I tell it like it is.

My occupation allows me the freedom to determine my own schedule. One of the many things I add to my calendar is driving my two daughters everywhere. I take them to school mornings and pick them up afternoon, plus to and fro after school activities. I observe some very interesting behavior in terms of public displays of affection at both my daughter’s middle and high schools.

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PDA on School Campus

Why Teens Hug Each Other so Much?

The expression of love and affection is an ongoing occurrence on school grounds. Anytime I’m dropping off or picking up my kids there is a lot of PDA or public display of affection taking place and all in broad open day light. It seems to go unnoticed by all adults and teachers oh but this keen and observant writer is constantly taking mental notes.

I’ve spent some time wondering from what need this ritual has developed. Human touch is needed to maintain a healthy mental and physical well being.  As parents we could learn something from this remembering to hug each other often improving the health and well being of the entire family. 

I’ve been observing this phenomenon for several years.  I am now prepared to deliver my findings.

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Teens Hug Each Other More than Others

Learn why teens hug what the difference is between hugs and how important hugging is to teens.

 No matter how tired a lifeless and sleepy teen is in the morning, the minute they meet each other they run eagerly to embrace.

Girls go about hugging each other and boys as well. It’s as if old friends have been reunited after a long separation.

Over time I've observed many types of hugs to which I offer the following description.

Hugs

  • The friends hug, which is quick and  mostly upper body including a few pats on the back.

  • The excited bouncy dancing around hug, this is a perky girl to girl hug.

  • The mob hug, it’s includes a large group coming together into some sort of huddle, only tighter, includes screaming and moving the entire huddle in a circular motion.
  • The arms around the neck hug, as if they'd rather be kissing as cheeks are pressed tightly together in a long embrace.
  • The full body press, which is a tight and long hug going on for upwards of five minutes.

  • Extended full body hug which includes kisses and hands embraced and entwined.

  • The full body press including a sneak kiss here and there full on lips.

    Group hugs are formed from this and on and on the hugging goes. It's a common as saying hi to someone you know. The hugging dynamics are far reaching and yet never involve adults.  

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Teens Hugging at School

Teens hug each other for a variety of reasons, for the most part hugging is a healthy activity teens get a lot from.

I love you is often heard being yelled across parking lots and the school grounds as both boys and girls call out repeatedly till the other yells, “I love you” back.

On any given day one child will hug upwards of 22 kids per morning drop off or afternoon release. It seems our youth embrace the message of love, peace and harmony!

Hugs make us feel good having a positive and measurable effect on a child’s development and IQ. We continue to learn more about the positive effects of touch and yet do we take the time to hug our kids on a daily basis?

There seems to be some kind of language to this hugging ritual a knowing that everyone needs a little TLC. Often a boy and or a girl will move about hugging others as if to include everyone.  

The Difference Between PDA and Support

Why teens crave hugs and physical contact.

 

 

As adults we may forget about it or think our kids reach a level of maturity no longer requiring hugs.  

The facts are kids, tweens and teens need this human contact and all humans alike never out grow this need.

 

               What’s in a Hug?

  • Helps to rid feelings of loneliness

  • Helps overcome fears, doubt and insecurities.

  • Helps build self-esteem and acceptance.

  • Relaxes and relieves stress.

  • Is a great alternative to promiscuity?

  • Helps people feel a sense of belonging

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The Power of Hugs

More on why teen hug and the meaning of those hugs.
  • It has been reported that hugging improves the immune system, reduces stress, promotes healthy sleep and cures depression.  
  • Hugging is a natural all organic and money saving way to cure or ward off many an ailment.

 It seems our kids are onto the facts, hugging is good as they self medicated with a good thing all the while building strong mental health.  We can learn a lot from our kids.

Much Love and Happiness, Katie

Updated: 06/06/2013, katiem2
 
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katiem2 on 06/03/2013

cazort, Very well said, thanks for summing up the sentiment of this article so well. I agree whole heartedly.

cazort on 06/02/2013

I really like this article. I often hear people talk about PDA in school as if it were a bad thing, and I personally agree with you that touch and affection is really important. I've heard of schools that are like, really controlling about PDA, like banning or prohibiting it, especially between the opposite sex, and I think this can have detrimental effects.

When I was young I think I was pretty cautious or sometimes even squeamish about public displays of affection, but deep down I actually wanted more touch. I like hugs and when I am fully comfortable, I tend to be a really affectionate person. I think that allowing and encouraging a certain degree of PDA is a good and healthy thing.

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