This means that parents and caregivers need to give their children “space” and opportunities to achieve this intelligence and be able to learn on how to manage risks. This would therefore, require exposition of these children to some kind of risks.
There is strong evidence, which suggests that play is not only important for a happy childhood, but it is also required in skill development that is crucial for life success. It is common to see children and young people to want to play outdoors. In addition, children also want better and bigger play areas with varied, exciting and challenging activities, and equipments that are available to them. However, parents and caregivers have been concerned on how to encompass the fitting level of risk in their play provisions through balancing risks and benefits. It should be considered that appropriate balancing of risks against the anticipated benefits will enable children to exercise their right play in a more satisfactory settings. Parents also need to understand that it may not be possible to make all things completely safe. Rather, a balance is required between risk and fun. They therefore, need to strike a balance in protecting safeguarding their children from harm and at the same time giving them freedom to develop autonomy and learn risk management. The purpose of this paper is twofold, discussing on the need for parents to offer their children play opportunities despite the risks, as well as offering tidbits on how parents and caregivers can leverage such risks.
Risk taking in children is doing things that may endanger their health or lives, but which may also post positive consequences on them. Risk taking may come naturally for some children. Such children take risks without realizing it because they are naturally adventurous. When children play, they go from what is familiar and boring to them to what is