A movement to let kids take risks Heather Hansen Dunbar, the founder of Halifax Kids R Kids Day Care, could hardly believe her ears.
Just recently, while explaining her early childhood development philosophy, a worried looking young mother confided: would be happy if you bubble wrapped my kid. responsible and caring parents is highly desirable, but growing numbers of today parents and families are carrying it to extremes. Sheltering and kids is now not only deeply embedded in parent and family culture, but reinforced by what Toronto policy analyst Marni Soupcoff has aptly dubbed parental state. founding her Bayers Lake child centre 10 years ago, Hansen Dunbar has observed a real change. While providing learning programs for about 100 kids daily from ages three to five, she encounters more and more parents seeking a environment and asking for homework and projects for their children. Hansen Dunbar is starting to draw the line in defence of playfulness and the joys of personal exploration, especially at an early age. are an emergent learning centre, she says. kids are expected to take the initiative. Here, we follow the children interests. private Halifax day care centre is not alone in attempting to break the cycle of child overprotection. Since 1983, American Early Childhood Education (ECE) expert Bev Bos has been advocating play all ray ban styles based approaches incorporating reasonable risks to spark curiosity, build confidence and instil resilience in kids. risks is a normal part of early childhood experience, Bos reminds us. have to be adventuresome to learn such basics as reading and literacy. at Kids R Kids, Hansen Dunbar believes, like Bev Bos, in allowing the little children to go barefoot. When overprotective parents periodically object, she points to this famous Bos axiom: were not born to wear shoes. Give children a break! Remember how good mud feels between the toes. a leader in Nova Scotia ECE movement, Hansen Dunbar is in the forefront of the North American movement to rethink child rearing. That self described New York mom is famous for her parenting decision to agree with her nine year old son request to ride the subway home alone from new. Initially labelled by the tabloids as the Worst Mom, Skenazy has attracted a huge mass following across the United States. Skenazy wowed her 2014 audience of 227 early child care educators with her outspoken presentation. Today society, she claimed, was obsessed with keeping children safe. She sprinkled her talk, interspersed with laughter, with pointed references to knee pads for babies to cushion crawling, and wings to help kids balance and cut down on falls. Much of the recent research in child health and parenting supports Skenazy contentions that parents and families are going and doing too much for their kids. A 2013 Active Health Kids Canada report card revealed that, while 58 per cent of surveyed parents walked to school as kids, only about 28 per cent do so today. Between 2000 and 2010, the proportion of students aged five to 17 who were transported by vehicles rose from 51 to 62 per cent across Canada. The titles of one of his recent books, ray ban aviator rb3025 Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive, neatly summarizes the latest research findings. Nova Scotia early childhood education and parent advocate community is all ray ban aviator sizes abuzz over a much anticipated upcoming event. The leading figure in Britain movement to childhood is about to touch down here in Halifax this weekend. Gill public talk, Popping the Bubble Wrap: Celebrating Risk in Childhood Play, on Sunday at Halifax Central Library, will delve deeply into the critical issues raised by the changing nature of childhood, children play and free time in an increasingly society.
early childhood learning centres being developed in incremental fashion by the Nova Scotia government are on the frontlines of this public debate. The founder of Kids R Kids Day Care puts ray ban 3179 it best: time for parents and early childhood educators to start thinking outside the sandbox. Bennett is director of Schoolhouse Consulting and a regular commentator on education issues.
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