Am I just another American germaphobe?

Although I do not consider myself a germaphobe, it certainly seemed like I was in comparison to the educators that I met while visiting the German waldkindergartens. Where were the teacher's hand sanitizers?  We Americans are obsessed with being very careful not to "spread germs". The European educators stated that they believe it is healthy for children to be exposed to germs since it strengthens their immune systems. I observed the German waldkindergarten children all helping themselves from a common snack tray, something I would not do at our Forest Kindergarten since I have been culturally conditioned that children must not "share germs".

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