I have kids reach out to me for hugs or to hold my hand while we walk around at recess on a daily basis, it would break my heart to have to push them away. This post has an excellent article addressing the issue.
My heart just breaks when I think of all the children who are from really unhappy homes and came to my classroom and felt relaxed knowing that it was a safe environment for them. Please read this article written in “The Atlantic” that gives sound reasons why we should be permitted to touch children in an appropriate manner, especially in an elementary school. Apparently, neuroscience professors agree with us. I especially like the suggested response to one child who said, “You can’t touch me!” The benefits of a kind tap on a shoulder can do wonders to heal a broken child.