In North Wales, there is an adventure playground called “The Land.” To be honest, it looks like an old junkyard covered with tires, old mattresses, boards, shacks, boxes, tools, and other random stuff. In this playground, children are allowed to build, create, and explore. Playground workers are there to make sure children don’t get hurt, but they try not to interfere with the kids’ adventures. The custom is for parents not to show up at all! And did I mention that there’s fire? Yes. There’s fire.
I found out about this playground through The Atlantic article “The Overprotected Kid.” It’s a great article with terrific pictures from the playground and thought-provoking words about today’s children, who are almost constantly watched over by adults and kept from risk.
I remember, as a child, I spent a large quantity of time outside and out of the sight of my parents. I ran, climbed, crawled, and got bruised and hideously dirty. Are children today overprotected? And is it affecting their creativity, self-confidence, emotional expression, and complex-thinking skills? What do you think?
All the best,