Every June, we trek to Estes Park for our monthly chavurah. A special treat, June chavurah means many things to each faction of the family. To the kids, the cabin means an entire day wandering in the woods, creating forts and secret hide-outs. For the adults, the cabin means a day spent relaxing, chatting, playing horseshoe, Scrabble, and of course, eating!
It also felt, as it does every year, so exactly what we want for our children. The space to explore and play freely, yet safely, is hard to come by in the city. But out here, it is still safe. The children saw a deer just feet from them; an elk herd wandered up near the cabin around lunchtime. Magic!
How do you encourage your child's free play? Is it difficult to balance safety and freedom where you live? How do you manage?