Give kids freedom to play

Instead of hovering over your child at a playground, consider giving him space to feel fear, exercise judgment and take risks

NEW YORK • Playground - or prayground?

Go to any playground and you will hear anxious parents telling their kids to be careful. Mum or dad wants to encourage an active lifestyle, but prays that no mishap occurs and ends up imparting fears to the kid.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 13, 2018, with the headline 'Give kids freedom to play'. Subscribe