Episode 126: Going Up the Slide with Heather Shumaker

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare speaks with early childhood author and advocate, Heather Shumaker.

While Heather is the author of three books, in this episode a spotlight is shined on It’s OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids.


 Children’s Renegade Rights

A right to plentiful, unstructured free play

A right to experience independence

A right to take risks and make mistakes

A right to set limits on others’ behaviour

A right to be in charge of his own body

A right to age-appropriate learning

A right to regular, daily school recess

A right to be free from homework in elementary school

A right to be outside daily

A right to move her body vigorously

A right to adequate sleep

A right to engage in the world in which he’s growing up

A right to interact with the real, non-screen world for the majority of her day

A right to learn and practice face-to-face social skills

A right to times of quiet

A right to learn healthy boundaries for technology

A right to receive regular, full attention from people around her

A right to have these rights consistently supported by adults


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