Monkey bars are a menace: They broke my daughter’s arm. Why are they still around?

This one’s for the helicopter moms and dads. There’s a new school of thought that says “dangerous” playgrounds might be better for children than safer, simpler ones.

Here’s an excerpt:

They argue that children who aren’t given the chance to negotiate difficult physical challenges might grow up more fearful than children who risk (relatively minor) injury and make it through. The occasional broken bone, twisted ankle, or knocked-out tooth may be traumatic, but those injuries are “species normal”—that is, the kinds of injuries children have suffered throughout human history without any permanent damage.

Read it at Slate

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