This video clip shows a toddler exploring the garden of the Geffrye Museum in London while her father watches over her. It is very grainy: you have to watch carefully at the start to see the tiny figure of the girl.
I filmed it about five years ago, and then more or less forgot about it. Until yesterday, when I was thinking about the discussion following my last blog post about the adult oversight of children’s play.
I really like the elemental qualities of the episode. I feel that in recording this unnamed father’s approach to supervision, I have inadvertently captured something of the essence of benign neglect (an idea that is central to my thinking on the adult-child relationship, as anyone who has heard me speak will recognise).
How does the clip speak to you?