An article in today’s Telegraph by free lance journalist Glenda Cooper reports on a movement calling for ‘underparenting’ to become the norm and for children to be allowed to play outdoors far more for their own good…
While child-centred parenting has been the norm for the past couple of decades, new research suggests that if we want to raise confident, well-adjusted, healthy children our style of parenting has to change. Forget the “helicopter parent” (who hovers continually over their offspring), the “lawnmower parent” (who tries to mow down all obstacles in their children’s path) or the “tiger mother” (a parent who hothouses her children to succeed academically, named after the bestselling memoir by Amy Chua). We should now be learning how to be “underparents” .
So what do you think? And what can Love Outdoor Play be doing to get more children out playing more often where you are?