Why you shouldn’t high-five a child

The high-five is to be reserved for individuals of equal, or fairly equal, status, writes family psychologist John Rosemond. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Arrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhh! Will you please just stop doing that, please? Every time I see it, I want to scream, and I’m not an emotionally hyperactive person. I’m talking about adults high-fiving children, and yes, I am about to reveal that I am the Grinch, or so it would seem.

Knowing my stance on the subject, a parent recently asked, “What’s wrong with adults high-fiving children, John?”

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Holy cow! I haven't seen adults high five each other outside of a football game since the 1960's. I thought high fiving was only for adult to children interaction! Good thing I'm old and can just keep high fiving children like I've been doing for a very long time. They seem to turn out okay too.

AB Rosewood

Well we certainly can all see the reason you never held an actual state license to practice psychology in Kentucky. Do you actually have a license now or are you still just peddling your unsupported claims based on a degree that by now is vastly outdated in the information it taught you?


outdated? He seems to be educated in the 1800s. In the 1800s, children were to be seen and not heard.

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