062: Why we need to let our kids need to take more risks
Published April 22, 2018
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    We should protect our children from risks, right?  Isn't that our job as parents?

    This episode comes mid-way in an extended series on the importance of play for children.  The first episode in the series was an interview with Dr. Stuart Brown of the National Institute for Play on the value of play, both for children and for adults.  Then we followed with a look at the research on the benefits of outdoor play, followed by an interview with Dr. Scott Sampson who wrote the book How to Raise a Wild Child, which had tons of practical advice for getting kids outside more, as well as getting outside more with your kids.

    Today we move on to the topic of risky play.  We’ll define it, and discuss its benefits and drawbacks, as well as things we as parents can do to encourage more risky play if we decide we want to do that.

    Because it turns out that insulating our children from risk may not be such a good thing after all.



     

    Other episodes referenced in this show

    What is the value of play?

    The benefits of outdoor play

    How to Raise a Wild Child

    Free to Learn

    Grit

     

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