Are you a free-range or helicopter parent? How do you create a play space for your neighborhood?
I read two interesting articles on parenting this week.
1.) The first one, “What does it mean to be a good parent?“, addresses the issue of providing opportunities for your child’s independence without alerting the authorities. Seriously – it happens. What are the benefits of providing independence, such as walking to school alone? Are our ideas of danger over-exaggerated? Is it right to judge other parents and their parenting styles? When is it okay to intervene?
I was also very interested in the shorter article joined with it entitled “How to create play spaces.” This talks about creating a safe, playful community with play spaces – not just playgrounds – in your backyard. Very cool examples and video!
2.) The second article, “The Overbooked Generation“, questions whether families are overburdened with extracurricular activities. I can answer that. Yes, we are. But is that okay? What are the benefits and the alternatives? Is your (meaning your kids’) schedule out of control? Is that how you like it?
Read any other good articles this week that you want to share?