Helicopter Parenting might keep your children safe in the short term, but what life skills are they missing out on for the long term that they gain through free play?
Mike Lanza, Author of the book Playborhood, recognised a huge part of childhood that children seemed to be missing out on when he first had children of his own. What were his fondest memories as a child, playing at a neighborhood hangout with friends, making up games, creating your own rules and culture seemed to be a thing of the past. He's created a movement to bring back 'The Third Place' for kids, a sociologically important place where children build resilience, self-relience and independence among other things.
"Playing on your own, it's not just an instinct, it's also a skill and children who do it a lot get quite good at it".