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Climbing a tree might seem scary (to you at least!), but a little adventure in the great outdoors is a positive learning experience that helps your child to grow.

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By The Scott's Team   | 3 min read

By The Scott's Team
3 min read

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Climbing a tree might seem scary (to you at least!), but a little adventure in the great outdoors is a positive learning experience that helps your child to grow – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally too.

The temptation to wrap your little treasures up in cotton wool is perfectly natural. But do remember, there’s a fine line between being protective and stifling their curiosity. Being brave and allowing them to take risks (within reason) is all part of being a mom.

Nature’s climbing frames

They may look daunting at first, but there’s an exciting physical challenge and a huge sense of accomplishment involved in climbing a tree. Your little monkeys will enjoy making their own choices about where to put their feet and hands, not to mention the thrill they get from reaching the top.

Not only that, they’re developing hand/eye coordination all the time, as well as muscle strength and the ability to assess their own safety – skills sometimes neglected in today’s screen-focused world.

By challenging themselves physically, kids learn their own strengths and limitations. They know when it’s easy, when it’s hard, and when they start to feel unsafe. It’s good for them to have this experience of pushing themselves and knowing when to step back and play it safe.

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Trust your instincts – and theirs

Yes, this does mean that as moms, we have to step back and let our kids explore without nervously monitoring their every move. If you have a tough time with it, try sending the kids out with dad. Generally speaking, fathers are often a little less anxious when it comes to risk-taking!.

While we’re on the subject of anxiety, studies have shown that as well as increasing kid’s physical resilience and supporting cognitive development, exploring the outside world can help reduce levels of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol and even lower blood pressure.

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In our view, tree climbing is a great activity for children

And of course, by letting them climb trees, we’re encouraging our kids to discover nature and nurturing their interest in science. How does a plant grow? Where does a tree get its nutrients? Who knows, they might even discover a nest and see baby birds being fed by their parents.

In our view, tree climbing is a great activity for children (adults too), one that can be enjoyed perfectly safely and without a lot of protective gear, as long as everyone involved exercises a little common sense! 

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