How parenting style affects child's growth

Allowing children freedom to take appropriate risks through outdoor play is essential for their development. Risky play does not mean placing them in grave danger, but instead allowing them to be children - climbing, jumping from heights, hanging ups
Allowing children freedom to take appropriate risks through outdoor play is essential for their development. Risky play does not mean placing them in grave danger, but instead allowing them to be children - climbing, jumping from heights, hanging upside down. Risky play allows them to test limits and solve problems, says the writer.ST FILE PHOTO

Forget helicopters or lawnmowers - 'good enough parenting' brings out the best in kids

When many middle-aged people think back to their childhood, they remember roaming the streets with their friends during long, hot summers. Our parents threw us out the door in the morning and instructed us not to come back until dinnertime. Often in charge of younger siblings, we strayed further than we should have, got into trouble and collected triumphs, scars and memories for life.

But surely such memories are just nostalgia? Yet one thing is certain - the level of parental involvement and supervision in the 1970s was not a tenth of what is expected today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2018, with the headline 'How parenting style affects child's growth'. Print Edition | Subscribe