I came across this awesome video. In it, Gever Tulley bemoans the fact that parents are too overprotective of their kids. He lists 5 (really 6) dangerous things that you should let your kids do. Much to my chagrin, I realized that I’ve only done one of these things (5a) and that was much later in life. I suppose that I’m too much of s princess. Er, how am I going to raise my son? So, I asked my husband. Luckily, with the exception of 5a, he had done all of these dangerous things by the time he was seven. I feel much better now.
Here’s the link to the video:
But, to save you the trouble, here are the 5 dangerous things that your kids should do:
1) play with fire
2) own a pocket knife
3) throw a spear
4) deconstruct appliances
5) (a) break millenium digital copyright act (ie. download music and rip onto CD)
5) (b) drive a car
If supervised, these are all perfectly sound, educational, and fun things for your children to partake in. Obviously, some of these things are require some boundaries – especially #2 unless you want your child to be vilified as the one responsible for his school’s lockdown. But, the point is that we need to stop sheltering our children. They need to learn how to be confident and strong within their environment. The last thing we need is a generation of wussies.