Risk taking a part of healthy, resilient childhood

Recent research out of the Royal Children’s Hospital delivered some good news — 94 per cent of parents recognise the benefits of play for a child’s physical, wellbeing and brain development. Good news for those of us in the business of raising happy, healthy humans.

We know that a child’s physical, wellbeing and brain development continues well into their teens and young adult lives. So why then, do we largely disregard play once they lose their baby teeth? My inkling is that the word play has been associated with little ones for so long that we have disassociated it from big kids and adults. It doesn’t really matter what word we use, as long as we continue to do it.

Read Kelsie’s full opinion piece in The West Australian.

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