Met this wild monkey 🐒in Kalmar a few weeks ago. At 4, she was climbing the biggest jungle gym I’ve ever seen in my entire life like it was nobody’s business. Her parents nearby, relaxed and engaged in conversation with other children and adults. There are two things I want to say about this: First of all: We live in a time where parents desperately wish their children would spend more time outside, but once outside, children are not encouraged to explore or play unlimitedly and certainly not to direct their own play without constant supervision. Secondly: Most children, who aren’t brought up with unnecessary restrictions and meaningless reprimands, do not fear exploring or expressing themselves, as they have a natural confidence in their own abilities. Which will prepare a child most for the future? To find confidence in their own abilities to problem solve, or to be constantly micro-managed and hovered over by well-meaning, but overprotective parents? This is part of my process as a parent: to ensure that I don’t let my fear and need to protect, prevent my child’s ability to learn, also through taking risks.