Good Parenting Means Letting Your Kid Live Dangerously

Climbing Too High

Climbing is a form of risky play that is specifically mentioned by many experts when talking about early childhood development. Climbing is categorized as ‘locomotor play,’ and it helps children to develop qualities like muscle strength and endurance. It also helps them form the ability to distinguish depth, shape, size, and other perceptual or spatial abilities.

Child on monkey bars in South Africa
Photo Credit: Getty Images
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Climbing is also a significant form of play for helping to curb fears. If your daughter falls off the monkey bars, she’ll likely get back up and try again, but if she’s not encouraged to try she won’t learn to experiment with appropriate limits.