Are we depriving our children of the ability to take risks in the future. Many of the things I did as a child would never happen today. Things like walking five blocks to school without an adult. Or discovering the mushroom plant four blocks from our house. Yeah maybe I fell out of a tree I was climbing there and fell on an iron picket fence doing some pretty serious damage but… I explored the neighborhood at the young age of 10 years old. About the only rule was that I had to be home for supper.
Are we over protecting our kids today? Are we doing them actual harm by trying to protect them from the “big bad world”?
Are we as adults just too fearful of the world ourselves to allow our children to see it in a different way? We now seem to be totally absorbed with the idea of child abductions but in reality they are actually less prevalent now than they were in the 1970s and even the 1950s when I was growing up.
There are benefits to taking risks by thinking outside the box. It is one of the things that in the past has made us uniquely American. We were risk takers. Are we stifling the next generation of out-of-the-box dreamers with our fears?