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Bump on a Blog: Overprotected 

Published March 31, 2014 at 5:22 p.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 7:52 p.m.

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It's becoming increasingly apparent that I will soon have an actual human child as a result of this pregnancy. So, when I'm not thinking about my belly's new girth, or lamenting my still-growing to-do list, I'm beginning to think about how I might want to raise that child. 

The Atlantic's latest cover story, "The Overprotected Kid," by Hanna Rosin, fascinated me as a mom-to-be. The article begins in an "adventure playground" in North Wales called The Land. (Incidentally, Erin Davis, the filmmaker mentioned in the story who has made a documentary about the place, teaches at Middlebury College.)

The playground is basically a glorified junkyard. Instead of soft-edged plastic slides and foam ground coverings, the Land has piles of tires, old tools, wooden pallets, a fire pit and a frayed rope swing that deposits kids over (or into) a creek. Parents don't usually accompany their kids to this playground; the kids go alone. 

It sounds awesome, if somewhat contrived. This isn't an unsupervised junkyard, after all; professionally trained "play workers" keep an eye on the kids at all times, though they try not to intervene. 

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Megan James

Megan James

Megan James began writing for Seven Days in 2010, first as Associate Arts Editor. She later became an editor for Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT, and is currently a freelance contributor.


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