NEW BOOK! Children's play is full of risk-taking which can be frightening to their care-givers. However, in this compelling new publication, Almon argues that risk is a critical component to learning and preparation for life. How can adventuresome play be restored to its rightful role in childhood? This must-read guide will not only increase awareness of the need for appropriate risk but also give you the confidence to offer children opportunities for dealing with risk.
The “Bogeyman Syndrome” is how best-selling author Louv titles his chapter documenting the irrational fear that has resulted in a tightening of the boundaries of childhood; fear of traffic, of crime, of strangers, of nature itself. “A blanket wrapped too tightly has its own consequences”, writes Louv and proposes a radical shift in our perception of protection. This book, advocating a back-to-nature campaign is a must-read for parents and educators passionate about the next generation.
An advocate for childhood in the UK, Tim Gill’s message is just as challenging and pertinent for readers in the United States. No Fear argues that children are much more resourceful and resilient than they are given credit for. The growing trend of risk aversion is actually undermining childhood and limits children’s play and freedoms in harmful ways. Gill’s passionately presented research will leave you with a feeling of urgency to tackle the “zero-risk” policy promoted in today’s society.
How do child-care directors navigate through the constant swings of opinion in educational philosophy, regulations, and practices to find the balance on issues like regulation, discipline, curriculum, and safety? Mooney’s collection of thoughtful essays offers no easy answer to these tough questions but rather stories and questions that will provoke further discussion and reflection. Included is her essay, “Fear of Heights” which addresses the issue of risk management from her experience in the field.
Written by experienced educators, this delightful book advocates for a childhood in which children have opportunities to discover, imagine, construct and learn by trial and error. Through this sturdy framework they can develop a strong self-knowledge and confidence to prepare them for the realities of adult life. A childhood rich in unfettered play, the authors maintain, is the only secure foundation from which children should enter into the future.
Building a sound, balanced, thoughtful approach to risk is not easy, as Tim Gill relates in this blog (and others) on his website. An encouraging, real life application of risk assessment.