Episode 69: The Benefits Of Unsupervised Outdoor Play

June 5, 2019

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Episode Overview

Could you be supervising your kids too much? Safety is important, but that doesn’t have to translate watching your child’s every move. Annie, Lauren and Jen are joined by parenting expert Allana Robinson to discuss outdoor unsupervised play, fostering independence and life skills and finding more balance as a parent.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Societal pressures around supervision and engagement of parents with their kids
  • The amount of time working moms spend with their kids vs stay at home moms in the 50s
  • What science says about enrichment and play
  • Motor skill development and play
  • How motor skill development affects reading ability
  • Facilitating outdoor unsupervised play through relationship building in your neighborhood
  • The value of small risks in learning to prevent injuries
  • How children’s’ injuries have changed with the introduction of “safer” equipment
  • How to introduce unsupervised outdoor play in an age-appropriate way
  • Boundaries and consequences – how to use them
  • Helping kids learn to entertain themselves
  • Judgement and the mom on the phone in the park
  • What happens when you interrupt or correct play
  • Isolation and the need for community of parents and of kids
  • Zooming out from our kids’ behavior and learning to see it in context



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.