Stop Scaring Our Kids

I found this article over at Reader’s Digest regarding how parents over react regarding their kid’s safety. It’s general theme aligns very well with my opinion regarding parenting these days. When I was a kid, I played in the AZ-51 construction zone, after midnight, during construction. Do you know what it taught me? Tractors are very fast! It also taught me that consequences exist for all actions. I like to think of parenting as setting boundaries around our kids actions. There are boundaries that included behaviors include from “anything that doesn’t kill you” to “you can’t do anything without my direct supervision.” I only see value in preventing long term pain and death. Every thing else must be experienced to learn why. Parents can’t answer the question why, yet they still enforce their rules.

What do you think?

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