I like this article. As parents, I think we want to protect our children ALL the time. From physical harm, emotional trauma, bullies, tears, failure. But we HAVE to let them fail. They need to make mistakes, screw up, be last, do terribly at something they love. And then they need to do it again. And again. We need to make sure that the children we are raising will make mistakes, and fail miserably at things…and then get up and keep trying. If they give up at the first sign that they maybe can’t do something perfectly, or if we as parents never allow them to take those risks because we don’t want them to be hurt or upset…what are we teaching them? That it’s ok to always play it safe, and it’s ok to give up if you don’t get something the first time you try for it. Let’s raise risk-takers. Kids who aren’t afraid to try and change the world.
Stopping children from taking risks ‘will leave them unable to cope with what life throws at them’