We recently received a wonderful gift of a large piece of rope that was washed up on shore, probably an "anchor rope from a pirate ship." We still need to make a more permanent plan for the rope, but today we simply tied it around a branch and climbed.
Risky? The kids think so.
“Children can only learn to take responsibility when given a
chance to assess and mitigate risk for themselves.”
"It’s important to let parents and young people know that kids need some degree of risk
experience in order to avoid more dangerous risks later."
"Life itself is dangerous. Life is full of risks, and we should hope it remains so. Without
taking risks, no child would ever learn to walk or ride a bike. No adult would ever take up a
new sport. No company would ever create new products. Risks are an integral part of
progress. Thus, the goal shouldn’t be to eliminate all risks from our children’s lives, but to
manage them and keep them in perspective." (Read more here.)
And because I have more time for pictures and less time for words,
here are a few great blog posts on Risky Play: