A movement to let kids take risks

The Chronicle Herald



Being responsible and caring parents is highly desirable, but growing numbers of today’s parents and families are carrying it to extremes. The Halifax’s Kids R Kids Day Care Centre is not alone in attempting to break the cycle of child overprotection. Since 1983, American Early Childhood Education (ECE) expert Bev Bos has been advocating play-based approaches incorporating reasonable risks to spark curiosity build confidence and instil resilience in kids. Much of the recent research in child health and parenting supports Skenazy’s contentions that parents and families are going ‘soft’ and doing too much for their kids. In addition, Michael Ungar of Dalhousie’s Resilience Research Centre, connects research with practice, demonstrating the need for more resilience-oriented parenting.


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