The Risky Family: Eli (4), Elena (9), Angie & Mike
We don’t look so dangerous, do we? Nah, to most everyone we look like your average family. But somewhere between our daughter’s first tentative steps and now, we realized that our philosophy on kids and play was not quite the same as most parents.
When other parents were hovering we were stepping back. We heard “Get down!” and encouraged our kids to climb higher. Even though we live in suburbia, we wanted our kids to experience some of the wilder, less-restricted days of our youth. Eventually we realized that most of the things we let our kids do – exploring creeks, climbing trees, skateboarding, riding bikes alone, even monkey bars – were considered “too dangerous” for kids’ safety. We didn’t want that to be the prevailing attitude for this next generation of kids, and so we created The Risky Kids.
The Risky Kids is our place to share a different way to play and parent: one that worries less, encourages freedom and fun, and yes, might include a few bumps and bruises. While we won’t be throwing any machetes or bungee-jumping, we will push the boundaries of what society today considers “safe” play. Through reflecting on issues on play today, sharing our favorite books, toys and activities, and making our way through Gever Tulley’s book 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Kids Do), we hope to make risky play everyone’s business.