Risky play makes your kids healthy, study suggests

Go ahead, let them climb that tree or jump off that rather large rock. It’ll make your kids healthier, according to research from the University of British Columbia. The study, also conducted by the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital, “found that children who participated in physical activity such as climbing and jumping, rough and tumble play and exploring alone, displayed greater physical and social health.”

Lead author Mariana Brussoni writes: “We found that play environments where children could take risks promoted increased play time, social interactions, creativity and resilience.”

Sounds similar to the free-range parenting movement.

Need more convincing? Check out the accompanying Position Statement on Active Play, which says in its introduction: “We need to recognize the difference between danger and risk. And we need to value long-term health and fun as much as we value safety.”

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