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Risk in play – possibilities and opportunities


In a blog post written for our Playful Childhoods website, Tim Gill shares his views on the importance of giving children the freedom to take risks and learn from their mistakes.

Tim Gill, an independent childhood researcher and consultant, calls for parents to balance freedom and safety: 

‘The problem is that making things too safe can starve children of the very experiences that best help them learn how to keep themselves safe and healthy. As rising numbers of children and teenagers struggle with emotional and social problems, it is all the more important to get this balance right.

In the end, the only way children grow to be resilient – to be ready for the everyday challenges that life will inevitably throw at them – is by being given the freedom to learn from their own efforts, and their own mistakes.’

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