The other day, I did some observing. Observing what happens on the residential streets surrounding a primary school at school pick up time. The battery on my watch was dead, so I didn’t really have an eye on the time to know exactly when school was ‘out.’ But I quickly realised that I didn’t need … Continue reading School pick up: what happens on YOUR street?
I attended the GLA’s Equal Play event a couple of weeks ago. On the one hand, I was excited that the GLA were doing something to address gender equality, launching a pledge for gender action across schools in the capital, as well as an equal play explorer trail , and bringing toy manufacturers and the Advertising … Continue reading Equal Places for Equal Play
Every time I go camping, I notice the extra freedoms that children tend to have on a campsite, and this year was no exception. As usual, my family (6yo, 4yo, husband) and I have been on a range of camping trips over the summer, and on each one, all the children I’ve seen have been running … Continue reading Let’s all go camping!
I’m not sure if it’s the large collection of second-hand Little Tikes cars in our garden, or the wooden playhouse in the corner, or the general loveliness of my children (ahem), but most days we end up with other peoples’ children in our garden. In fact, the main reason this happens is because we have … Continue reading The Realities of 21st Century Street Play: Losing your Children
I realise that my last couple of posts have highlighted some of the potentially negative aspects of street play. So here’s a more positive one on weak ties! But what are they? With the advent of social media, adults are able to worry a lot less about knowing their neighbours. Instead of getting to know … Continue reading The Realities of 21st Century Street Play: Weak Ties
This is part of a series of posts on the realities of 21st Century street play. A couple of years ago, we relaid the paving in our back garden. For my two small children (2yo and 4yo at the time), the thought of digging up the old paving and being able to trash the garden … Continue reading The Realities of 21st Century Street Play: Moral Dilemmas
This is part of a series of posts on the realities of 21st Century street play. The recent warmer weather in the UK has had the usual effect of getting people outside. Both children and adults have been enjoying the burst of sunshine and taking to the parks and green spaces to enjoy it. There … Continue reading The Realities of 21st Century Street Play: work versus play
I’m a strong advocate of physical activity, particularly for children. So is it ok for me to dislike the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative? For those that aren’t aware of it, the Daily Mile is an initiative started off by Elaine Wiley, a headteacher from Stirling in Scotland, who began it in her school in order to … Continue reading Why are children running rings around us? Is it ok to dislike the ‘Daily Mile’?
Sometimes we need to go back to basics, and consider why we started out on our journey in the first place. It’s all too easy to forget the reasons why you do something, what drove you to get where you are and how far you’ve come. Considering this in the context of recreational running, it’s … Continue reading A Personal Best!
I am a strong advocate of giving children more independence. But what does is really mean in our age of technology and how important is it to children in the 21st century? Studies have shown that children don’t really like being alone. They would often prefer to be out with friends than on their own, … Continue reading Virtual freedom: is technology good for children’s independence?