|A day at the beach, 2011.|
I've long wondered if my boys have guardian angels following their every move. It's incredible that we've only visited the ER once for stitches in all my years as a parent.
Honestly, I once left them outside to fingerpaint while I grabbed the phone inside (people didn't have cell phones on them at all times back in the olden days) and when I returned, my heart jumped to see them slipping and sliding on their gooey paintings, narrowly avoiding cracking their skulls on the sidewalk.
My boys are smart, but do incredibly stupid things sometimes. They are unaware of the risks, rolling their eyes at me when I tell them to watch out for this or that. Do they know too little or do I know too much? Sometimes it's hard to say.
I met Angie Six of The Risky Kids blog at Blissdom earlier this year. As I sorted through the business cards I collected at the conference, hers stood out. "I like that," I thought. Angie sums up their philosophy,
"The Risky Kids is our place to share a different way to play and parent: one that worries less, encourages freedom and fun, and yes, might include a few bumps and bruises"She also references Gever Tulley's book, 50 Dangerous Things (you should let you kids do) which is a favorite in our house, too. My boys were older when the book came out, so they had already done many of the 50 things, but there's at least one I'm scared to let the boys do.
It's certainly not build a sand tunnel and crawl through it.
My heart goes out the family of the boy who died on the beach today.
After reconnecting with Angie on Twitter last week, I headed back to The Risky Kids to see what I'd missed. She has an interesting post on the financial implications of risky play that strikes a cord with me.
I admit that seeing my boys hang upside down, attempting to flip themselves off the monkey bars or watching my tween climb the tree on our front lawn gets me not only thinking about a broken arm (or neck!), but the cost of repairing injuries (or God forbid, long-term care, rehab and uncovered pre-existing conditions!).
Do you see death or dollar signs when your kids do risky things? Do you ever let them do risky things? (Not that my son asked for permission when he stuck metal tweezers into the electric outlet.)
How, when, where do you draw the line?
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