rubberboots and elf shoes: a log in the forest. "Children need to be able to take reasonable risks. Through risk taking they can develop self confidence, good judgement, persistence and perseverance, and resiliency. Children learn to make judgement call through real life. Through successes and challenges. Through bumps, bruises, band-aids and trying again."
Our society’s fixation on safety and ‘no risk’ play starts in the early years and continues as children grow older. http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/nqsplp/e-learning-videos/talking-about-practice/adventurous-play-developing-a-culture-of-risky-play/
I was at a park today and kept hearing a 3 year olds dad telling her that she needs to go careful or she will fall off/ over/ hurt her self! I say let them climb trees and they will go to great hights! go fourth, take risks and climb your way to the top of the confidence ladder :o)