A number of schools have banned musical chairs as well as other childhood games including tag and duck-duck goose.

Teachers argue that the once deemed harmless game, cause aggression and competition that can lead to low self-esteem.

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The consensus from people seems to be “It’s JUST a game!”


Which I do tend to agree with to be honest. Kids can’t be good at everything.

Is this good for children or are we misguiding them?

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  • We can also use these situations to teach children a game is not about winning or losing and when you lose you’re still just as special and loved as when you win or was before the game….


  • enough is enough…when are our children allowed to be kids? a little healthy competition is good for the kids. We shelter our children way too much these days…i understand because we need to as times have changed dramatically….but when it comes to childhood memories we are not going to have many as we cannot simply do the things we all used to as we shelter and protect too much.


  • If there is an ongoing problem with a group of children they need to watch which ones are too aggressive, take them to separate area and explain to them that being aggressive and shoving others playing the game is wrong etc.
    It is about sharing, winning and losing which we all need to learn to do and accept the results as they are.


  • I don’t see any problem on this. All of us grew up with that, why now they say it is not good? Sometimes I think that nowadays people try to find problems where they shouldn’t , so many other things to worry about it.


  • Competition does not have to be a negative thing. At my daughter’s school the children are quite competitive with each other but this sort of competition actually make each child do their best.


  • As a child I always found musical chairs too aggressive… So I just accepted I’d be eliminated early and never win.


  • Seriously. How silly. I think it’s important for kids to learn its ok not to win. It’s also important for kids to play


  • Sounds a bit too much – I suppose it does depend a lot on what these games are replaced with..


  • If they don’t learn about compition in a fun and safe environment when will they learn about it? Imagine going into the workforce and you are competing for a job against other people, then not knowing how to properly behave or feel, this could be a disaster, children need to learn how to win gracefully and lose knowing it’s ok, and to try again.


  • Geeze, I think it’s a bit much. If we explain its just for fun and reward all kids with a small sticker or something then it’s a good game.


  • This is madness. Let the kids play.


  • The other day, they were banning hugs. A lot have banned Christmas and Easter celebrations. Now they’re banning games?!?! So not needed. Why do they think it’s necessary? Things are getting so way out of control,:(


  • A perfect example of the world gone mad with politically correct behavious. Let the children play and be kids. Fact is they should probably stop kids playing computer games. Let them play active games and not sit with their digital devices locked in their own world. Play with others kids for real in the real world.


  • Personally I find this ban quite unnecessary!


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