Our research shows outdoor parks offer the ideal place for children to engage in risky play. This may challenge parents who understandably wish to keep their kids ‘safe’ all the time.
The devastation of the second world war allowed progressive planners to reimagine the city and make spaces for children and young people to play in.
Supporting play begins with parents attending to their own wellness and seeing children as drivers of their own play.
On the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, let’s remember children’s right to play.
Frozen II teaches children that venturing into the enchanted forest — stepping outside of comfort zones while looking to trusted guides or companions — can be a place of positive transformation.
The right age for an unsupervised Halloween is highly debatable, but it’s something parents should carefully consider. Some reasonable risk is important for development.
Adults must let go of their fears of injury and kidnapping. Children need free outdoor play to build physical immunity, psychological health, executive functioning and social skills.