Don’t worry – they’ve only been banned from Ngaio Primary school where my boys go.

But, I have to tell you that it’s very interesting that the moment the school stops the trading of rugby cards on the school grounds was the very instant my kids lost all interest in the damn things.

Previously they would constantly ‘trade’ with each other and their friends, but it’s like a switch was turned off and the cards now lie forlornly in the bottom of a dresser draw.

Personally, I’m happy that there’s no more pressure to buy chippies, but at the same time the act of trading did actually teach them a few lessons. How to swap cards without arguing; how to recognise and value the cards and arrive at logical conclusions as to why one was more valuable than another…all good things for the future – sort of like a Stock Exchange for six-year-olds.

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