Let kids dare

I could spend all day on the monkey bars, and a playground without them wouldn’t get my Little Boy Seal of Approval. I have no real fear of heights and maybe I thank monkey bars and tall trees that I loved to scale. Amazingly, I never broke any bones as a child, but I did suffer my share of scrapes and cuts. They all healed just fine, thank you.

“This sounds counterintuitive, but it shouldn’t, because it is a common phenomenon,” Dr. Ball said. “If children and parents believe they are in an environment which is safer than it actually is, they will take more risks. An argument against softer surfacing is that children think it is safe, but because they don’t understand its properties, they overrate its performance.”

via Can a Playground Be Too Safe? – NYTimes.com.