Risky play can be an intimidating concept for parents and caregivers to try to implement with their children. How much risk is too much? How can play remain safe? Dr. Mariana Brussoni recognizes the dilemma. In fact, she’s an expert on the subject. Her research focuses on caregivers’ perceptions of risk and safety when it … Continued
I understand the value of risky and adventurous play. On the other hand, I’ve also seen it not turn out so well—with my own child.
Parachute’s Safe Kids Week runs from May 30 to June 5 this year, and the theme is #PlaySafeOutdoors. Here’s how to take part.
As a parent, it can be scary to let your child play out of your sight. But when done wisely, it has great benefits for kids.
The Explore Your 2.4 program encourages children to get outdoors, explore their neighbourhoods, and spend more time in independent play.
I’m a risk-taker, while my husband is much more risk-averse. The lifeguard approach to risky play can help reduce conflict between you and your partner.
Here’s how parents can know when to intervene in their children’s risky play, and how to help facilitate acceptable risk.
Highlighting the scale of the decline in children’s mobility, researcher Negin Riazi points to a study conducted in England that showed a staggering drop in the number of children ages seven to eight who walked to school independently, from 80 percent in 1971 to just nine percent in 1990. According to Riazi, this scale of … Continued
Risky play is a hot button topic in parenting. Are you “overprotecting” your children? Or are you “putting them at risk” by allowing them to climb the monkey bars at the park? Researchers are telling us that risky play is necessary for healthy child development. It’s essential for developing confidence and the ability to manage … Continued
Your child gets ready to jump from the monkey bars and you get ready for a trip to the hospital. Is this a reasonable reaction? Unless there’s a pit of poisonous serpents or a bed of nails below, probably not. As Dr. Mariana Brussoni of the University of British Columbia points out, statistics show that … Continued
Use your backyard, and imagination, to explore
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