So the next time you visit your local playground, sit back and relax, watch the children play and pay close attention to the social interaction, you will be amazed by what all goes on in their tiny little worlds, its much like a soap opera but far more enjoyable to watch!
Playgrounds are more than a place to exercise and wear the kids out in hopes that they will be tired and ready for bed that evening. Playgrounds are a place where children learn about life. It’s funny to sit back and watch kids interact with one and another at a playground, you will notice how closely their behavior will mimic that of adults. Playgrounds are the first place where children will interact and socialize in a communal setting, generally free of rules and encumbrances, much like the real world we live in as adults.
With the media constantly bringing us bad news, it’s easy to for one to begin to think that the world is a scary place, full of dangers. While it’s always a good idea to be careful and cautious, it’s important to remember that children must interact with other children during the early stages of their lives to properly develop invaluable social skills that will remain with them for their entire lives.
Playgrounds provide a safe and controlled environment to facilitate this social interaction. Sometimes as parents we want to jump in at every occasion to protect our children, and though there are times that we should, there are also times when life lessons can be learned by our children all on their own.