Parents can often be heard asking children to be careful when playing, not to do one thing or another. Recent research suggests that this type of behavior may be exaggerated by the protector. The children need activities to test their limits and to make them independent, activities that we, the parents, consider dangerous for them (climbing in the tree, leaving alone by bicycle, running etc.).
The "risky" game is a thrilling and exciting game, in which the little ones test their limits and flirt with uncertainty. They climb trees, build fortresses, explore the neighborhood with their friends. Even if you think that such activities are dangerous to your child, research shows that these games are associated with increased physical activity, social skills, risk management skills, endurance and self-confidence. It is important that parents or experts do not make decisions in place of the child, to let him play more risky games, as long as they do not endanger his life.
A study by scientists at British Columbia University, quoted by mdpi.com, shows that The seemingly risky outdoor games bring a greater benefit to children's health,only negative effects. Although these findings are based on very low and moderate evidence, they suggest general positive effects of risky outdoor play on general health status in children aged 3 to 12 years.
Specifically, games that children can lose were positively associated with physical activity and social health, while playing at height was not associated with increased risk of fracture. It has also been found that these risky outdoor games help the child to be more sociable, more creative, to have a more active lifestyle.
Until the age of 2-3 years, the child plays under the careful supervision of the parents, both in the park and at home, because they are vulnerable, they are not aware of the dangers around them. But as they grow up and start going to kindergarten, the little ones will feel the need to explore, get to know the world around them and play with children their age.
Once the child begins to play with his or her age, parents' concerns increase: they fear that the child will be hurt in some way. Sentences such as "Be careful", "Do not climb the tree", "Do not go there" "Take care where you step" are natural and should be told to the children, but when they are repeated almost every step the child takes, it is not exactly indicated. There is a risk that the child will be inhibited, no longer have the courage to explore, become fearful, anxious, hearing from you replicas that only show them that there are only and only dangers around him.
Also, another risk that a too protective parent assumes with his or her child is that he or she becomes sedentary, no longer likes to move. Stop being impatient if you told him to stay cool and when you turned your head he climbed the first tree he found in the grandparents' yard or in the park. Instead of doing a crisis of hysteria and giving him a punishment, better explain to him that he must be careful when climbing, not to climb too much, to look carefully at what the leg is doing. When climbing the tree, he learns how to make a plan not to fall, he learns to realize the danger.
Sometimes, of course, it happens that the little ones fall from the tree, from the slide or from the swing, to injure themselves at the playground, but these cases rarely cause serious injuries. While many parents worry that a fallen child will develop a fear of heights, but studies have shown that a child injured after a fall, before the age of 9, is less likely to develop a height phobia , unlike a teenager who falls from a height.
Outdoor games have a lot to offer
As a parent, you have to realize that outdoor games have a lot to offer. For example, when a preschooler hides in the yard, in a grove, he will feel like a true jungle explorer. What you need to do is watch over the shadow. You will create a feeling of independence. Explain, however, that you should never hide from yourself when you are in the park or in a store, because it is dangerous and can be easily lost.
When he grows older, let him play by hiding with your friends, but only in places you always consider safe. A large house with a courtyard is always the ideal location.
What do you do when you want to leave your bike alone
Just the thought that he could leave on his own bicycle because it gives you spine on the spine. You are afraid to think that the time will come when there are so many dangers around. You can let him walk alone if he reaches an age where he clearly understands the rules (12-13 years) and only in areas where you know he is safe (it is best for grandparents or in a closed parking lot, near the block ). Otherwise, the walks should be done in the family, under your careful supervision.
But do not forget to explain to them each time that rules must be respected: that it must be ensured when crossing the road, only through permitted places, that it must not ride the bicycle without protective equipment.
Risky games that attract children
Ellen Sandseter, a professor at Queen Maud University in Trondheim, Norway, identified six categories of risks that seem to attract children everywhere in their play:
• high heights: climb into trees;
• speed: they get in the swing with high speeds, slide on the sled with high speeds, they can go very fast by bicycle;
• Dangerous tools: depending on the country from which they come, they can play with bows, arrows and other potentially dangerous tools;
• dangerous elements: they can be played with fire;
• "hunting": children can follow each other and then fight in the play;
• Disappearance: young children hide and like to live the emotion of temporary separation from playmates.
It is important for each child to know the dangers he or she faces if he or she exaggerates with these games.
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