My previous blog post talked about the many reasons that free play is critical for healthy child development. But time free play is disappearing for most kids, especially free play outdoors. A 2012 study of over 4 million children found that on most days, more than 40% of preschoolers didn’t even have one opportunity to … More Kids need outdoor play
When I was growing up, and for nearly every generation before mine, kids were expected to entertain themselves in their free time without adult supervision. The idea that two children couldn’t walk in their own neighborhood without an adult—either because they were incapable or it was unsafe—would have been laughable. Kids were kicked out of … More Where have all the children gone?
[Yesterday, I was invited to testify before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on a bill related to Child Protective Services. The sponsor pulled the bill from consideration while I was en route – this post is adapted from the comments I prepared for that hearing]. My name is Danielle Meitiv. I am a Maryland resident and mother of … More Parenting is Risky Business
Let Them Go! [Sung to the tune of Frozen’s “Let It Go”] The streets are quiet and empty, not a child to be seen. They’re all in isolation, just staring at a screen. Supervised activities, when they’re even allowed outside. Shouldn’t keep them in, they need the exercise. Don’t let them climb. Don’t let them … More Kids Need Their Freedom – Just Like in the Past!
American kids enjoyed far more freedom just one generation ago and still do in other country – so why won’t American parents leave their kids alone? … More Just the Facts