Go Fall Down And Have Fun

I love this Helen Levitt photograph picked-up from the Tumblr universe. It is a good match for an article in the New York Times this week: Can a playground be too safe?

Paradoxically, we posit that our fear of children being harmed by mostly harmless injuries may result in more fearful children and increased levels of psychopathology.

I don’t see these kids having many fears. Go have fun.

By Helen Levitt New York, circa 1940 via liquidnight

  1. July 22, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Awesome photo and a cool article. I look forward to pushing my grandchildren on the block of wood or letting them take a spin on the merry-doesn’t-go-round-here-no-more.

  2. July 22, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Yeah, I think having children really makes you aware of every possible danger that lurks in every lurky shadow. And yet, is playground safety really about the children or about avoiding lawsuits associated with injury? That said, my girls always find new ways to risk their lives, so I really don’t think we’re raising a nation of scaredy children.

  3. July 22, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Good to hear Samantha!

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