Friday, 2 August 2019

"Preventing access to unstructured play can deprive children of the opportunity to develop risk-management skills that are necessary for them to thrive." #QotD



"If a parent worries that unsupervised play is dangerous, the [Canadian Public Health Association, with support from the Lawson Foundation] responds:
    "'It is understandable you’re concerned for your child’s safety, and these concerns are appreciated. Children actually learn new skills when we allow them to engage in unstructured play, and they’re less likely to have more serious injuries later on. They are able to learn about their physical capabilities which allow them to rely less on adults to manage their environments.
    "'Preventing access to unstructured play can deprive children of the opportunity to develop risk-management skills that are necessary for them to thrive as they grow older. These skills include learning how to navigate risky circumstances and environments, knowing personal physical limits, how to cooperate with peers, and solve unforeseen problems.'"

~ from Lenore Skenazy's post at 'Let Grow': 'Let My Kids Play Outside With All Those Strangers and Cars??? An Evidence-Based Response'
[Pic from Let Grow]
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