Humans need to learn from a young age to flow with the Natural environment. Studies have shown children should be spending MOST OF THEIR TIME, not the “recommended” one hour a day minimum, but to have meaningful time to be alone, to feel as though they are unrestricted and connect with nature in their own self directed way. We are wired to make these connections from birth, and time spent in nature VS, screen time LITERALLY CHANGES THE WAY OUR BRAINS ARE FORMED. Get outside, go for a walk. Have your dinner in the back yard with your kids. Use the winter gear you have stored away nicely, and let them wear holes in the knees! Let them play HARD! Risky play and self directed play are pivotal for a childs development, but also for adults to maintain our own mental health and physical health. Children can and should be allowed to push themselves to their own limits.
\This all is relative to individuals. When you know your child, or the children in your care, you will be able to recognize the abilities of individuals. One six year old may be responsible enough to play alone without supervision in your back yard environment, while another may be 12 years old before you truly leave him to his own devices, because we know his abilities. In the case of children we do not trust to play safely, we must first look inward and ensure that we are barring the activity truly for safety, because we as parents, caregivers, onlookers, have a natural instinct to project our own fears onto those we love. Instead we must look at each circumstance and make a best judgement based on the ABILITIES of the child.