Many of us know that one of the most exciting parts of childhood is being able to play outside. Playing games or just getting into general mischief, there was something truly beautiful about being able to enjoy the fresh air with your friends. Something many of us have experienced is the joy of climbing our first tree. There was something so freeing about feeling like Tarzan on his way up the tree. Most of us wear our tree-climbing abilities as a badge of honor, even into adulthood! In fact, I challenge most of you to discuss your childhood with someone without some story of a tree-related mishap creeping its way into the conversation.
But as we get older, we start to realize how dangerous it could have been to climb a tree and often how dangerous it was, with many tree-climbing stories seemingly ending with a trip to the ER. Now that we have our own kids it suddenly hasn’t become such a clean-cut issue. We know from experience how dangerous it can be, so is it safe enough for our own children?
Well, despite how clumsy we may have become as adults, kids, on the other hand, are naturally very good climbers. They sometimes lack the fear that we adults have developed through years of trial and error and sometimes don’t necessarily recognize the potential consequences of dangerous activities the way that we would. Whilst, for the most part, it can be a positive attribute as it allows them to be more confident in their climbing, it can also lead to a feeling of over-confidence, so it’s important to make sure to spot them until you feel they have gotten to grips with climbing.
Tree-climbing also has plenty of benefits for your child’s development. Whilst they are improving their balance, they are also developing their hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills. Let’s not forget they are also getting a chance to become closer to nature. In a society so dependent on technology, it could be beneficial getting your child away from their screen and out into nature. They can discover plants and animals and become more connected with the world around them.
The American Heart Association recommends that children get a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. Tree climbing is an excellent way for your child to get the exercise they need whilst still allowing them to have the fun they deserve to have.
So Yes or No?
In short, yes. Whilst there may be an element of danger, that’s part of the excitement. A massive part of having an enjoyable childhood is trying new things. We may have gotten hurt from time to time, but it only made us stronger – and as hard as it can be to accept it will be the same for your child!
If you’re still worried about whether or not it will be safe enough for your child to climb a tree, a tree cutting service can help make sure there aren’t any dangerous loose branches or any other tree-related hazards.