Good Parenting Means Letting Your Kid Live Dangerously

Yes, you read that right. Researchers have determined that parents who allow their kids to take risks, to climb that big tree in the backyard and maybe break their wrist, or to wrestle with their brother in the living room actually result in more well-rounded children.

There’s always a risk that your child could get injured, but the benefits of what scientists define as ‘risky play’ far outweigh the potential risks. Risky play develops a child’s self-confidence, resilience, endurance, and helps them develop risk-management skills so that in the future, you don’t have to be as worried about them.

Risky Play Doesn’t Scar Your Children (Emotionally)

Children compete in walking bike race in Berlin, Germany
Photo Credit: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images for Velothon
Photo Credit: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images for Velothon

Studies have shown that ‘risky play’ leads to children becoming more resilient in the future. When your son fell off his bike last June and scraped his knee, he learned it’s okay to get hurt. When your daughter shoved her brother and he shoved her back, she learned there are consequences to her actions.

Experts believe climbing too high or running too fast is crucial for children to learn about muscle strength, endurance, impulse control, depth perception… the list goes on and on. Playing rough when they’re young also helps curb children’s fears in the future.