I am excited to share that an article I wrote, along with MCH Marketing/Advertising Coordinator Georgie Hockett, will be published in the June issue of 425 Magazine.
The article is on the importance of Risk Play. We decided to tackle this subject in conjunction with the opening of our elementary nature-based adventure playground. I am passionate about the subject matter because risk play is so important to a child's development during their school age years. Please enjoy the following "sneak peek" from the soon-to-be-published article and look for it in the June publication of 425:
There has been a lot of buzz lately about “free-range kids,” “free-range parenting,” and risk play. We can all remember playing in the spare lot until sundown, walking through the woods with the neighborhood kids, and taking a stroll to the corner store with our best friend. A lot of people say, “Those were the days… but it’s a lot different now.”
And it is different.
Children these days have learning challenges; emotional issues and heightened sensory awareness. ‘Back in the day,’ it was rare to hear about these issues. Some researches say that’s because we, as a society, became all too protective, and all too plastic.
According to Psychology Today, children climb trees to “scary heights” to get a bird’s eye view of the world…and they get a thrill out of the view (wouldn’t we all?) They ride skateboards at high speeds, swing too high and whiz down slides …just fast enough to “produce the thrill of almost, but not quite, losing control.”