Helicopter parenting might keep your children safe in the short term, but what life skills are they missing out on for the long term that they gain through free play?
In Mike Lanza book Playborhood, he identifies a gap in childhood that today’s children are missing out on. His fondest memories like playing with friends at a neighbourhood, making up games where children create their own rules and culture seemed to be a thing of the past.
He’s spearheading a kids movement called ‘The Third Place’. It’s aim is to bring back a sociologically important place where children build resilience, self-reliance and independence among other things.
Kids need to play on their own. It’s not instinctual, it’s something they need to be given the opportunity to learn to do.
- Pay attention to kids’ lives and recognise what kids are missing out on today. Some of these things were our best memories
- The Third Place is fundamental to human beings, but it’s being replaced by social media.
- The magic of continuity of play.
- Kids used to play “Pick-up Sports’ where kids make the decisions and their own rules.
- The safety factor, learn to make it safe for your kids to hang out in their neighbourhood.
- Time in front of the TV or computer is time taken away from interacting in the real world.
- “It’s never too early to start getting your kids in touch with your neighbourhood”
- Learn how to create a neighbourhood hangout.
- Recognise how being a controlling parent can be counterproductive.
- The three ingredients for developing independence and self-reliance.
- ‘If you invest the time when your kids are young it’s a win-win”.
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