5 Dangerous Things Children Should Do – Let Go of Your Overprotective Mom Habits
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I recently read some exerts from the book “50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do” by Gever Tulley. As I recognized most of my childhood experiences in there, I also realized that I have become such an overprotective mom. I know times have changed and the world is more dangerous nowadays, but maybe I should let my son experience some of those thrill seeking adventures that I lived when I was young. Those are the most fun and exciting memories of my childhood and I am basically depriving my son from them. All because I’m terrified he might get hurt. Well, I’m not sure about 50, but for sure I can share at least 5 dangerous things children should do.
I remember riding my bike in the street with no supervision, no helmet, no pads. I also used to play in the mud, climb trees and fences, play in the woods, explore construction sites and walking to school by myself. It was so much fun!
I do believe these experiences helped me become more aware of danger and learn how to deal with it. I understood what my body was able to do and its limits. Plus, I developed great self help skills. Honestly, I scraped my knees on a daily basis and I even broke my leg once, but other than that, I never got myself into any real danger. Through these experiences, I learned what I could handle. However, if I think about my son jumping off ramps with his bike without wearing a helmet, my stomach sinks. So I decided to let go a little and let my son “play with danger”.
Here are 5 dangerous things children should do. Obviously adults need to supervise some of these experiences.
WALK TO SCHOOL. I let my son walk back home from school some days. It’s a very short walk on a wide sidewalk away from the main street, so it’s pretty safe. Still, I couldn’t just wait in the house and I peeked and looked for him around the corner. Small progress!
PLAY IN THE WOODS. Over this Christmas break we went on a trip to see family in Alabama and they just happened to live near deep woods. Well, I let my overprotective self go and I gave in, letting Lucas venture with his cousin in the wild, playing with sticks. I almost died when he said he crossed a small, shallow creek walking on a tree trunk. He had so much fun though. His smile was worth all my worries.
PLAY WITH FIRE. My husband showed and taught my son how to safely use a lighter and light some fireworks. They did it the first time over the 4th of July and they will do it again on New Years’ Eve.
USE KNIVES. I became a little more relaxed in letting Lucas use sharp utensils. I used to cut the meat in his plate until not too long ago because I was afraid he would poke his eyes or cut his fingers. Well, now he is aware of them and knows how to manipulate them without getting hurt.
CLIMB TREES & FENCES. I encouraged my son to climb both and I have to admit he wasn’t very good at it. But he got better. This experience helped him develop coordination and balance of his body.