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Mom Makes ‘Permission Slip' for Sons to Climb Trees

It is "sad" and "ridiculous" to worry about lawsuits instead of letting kids play, she says

When Julie Holcombe's twin sixth-grade sons told her a man approached them to ask them to stop climbing a tree on a school's property because he was worried about a possible lawsuit if they fell, she was incensed that her children were being discouraged from playing outside.

So the mother from Yardley, Pennsylvania, typed up a letter and a "permission slip" for climbing trees, and gave it to her sons so they could show it to anyone else who approached them, she told Today Parents.

"My children have permission to climb any tree they so desire," wrote Holcombe. "I encourage it, whenever they can, for as long as they both shall live."

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Holcombe pointed out that she wanted her children to be outside getting exercise after school and that it is "sad" and "ridiculous" to worry about lawsuits instead of letting them play.

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