I just watched a TED Talk about “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do“. I was instantly interested because, well, I have a boy who likes dangerous things. I also grew up with 14 neighborhood boys, so “danger” was just part of everyday life.
You can watch the talk here, but here are the 5 things on his list.
- Play with Fire
- Own a Pocket Knife
- Throw a Spear
- Deconstruct an Appliance
- Drive a Car
Wow, these are pretty dangerous things, but I agree with them all – at least to a point. A well supervised, “this is a learning experience” point. I actually did all of these things as a child. I still have the pocket knife I got when I was 10, I have a burn mark on my hand from playing with fire (it taught me to respect the flames) and the memories of driving on my daddy’s lap still make me smile. While my son isn’t quite ready for these 5 dangerous things, here is a list of the
5 4 “dangerous” things I’m happy to admit I let my son do:
- Play in the backyard on his own. Our yard is small, it’s fenced in and I’ve deemed it safe.
- Climb on and fall off of things. He has climbed on and fallen off of almost everything in our home and many things outside of our home. A few months ago he fell off a swing-set and cut his head pretty badly. It was scary at the time, but it has taught him how to be more careful in a way me constantly telling him to be careful never would.
- Talk to strangers. We try to say “hello” to everyone we meet. We are trying to look at new people as potential friends, not threats.
- Eat Dirt. Letting go of my germaphobe ways was hard at first, but now I embrace it and let my son get messy and germy.
I couldn’t come up with a 5th thing, he is only 2 after-all. But I’m looking forward to him growing up and being taught many “dangerous” things. I can’t think of a better way to prepare him for the world.
Do you have a list of Dangerous Things that you let your kids do? What do you think about the lists here?