5 Dangerous Projects You Should (Probably) Let Your Children Do

Do your kids test their limits… and scare you to death?

Is it difficult to let go and let them learn things, the hard way?

Merriam-Webster defines adventure as “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.”

In this article, I’ll share five adventures that encourage parents like you and me to say “yes” and let our children learn by taking risks.

I gleaned them from Gever Tulley’s book, 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).

Learn how to prepare your kids for the real world by teaching them the difference between true danger and mere risk.

Why Let Kids Do Dangerous Projects?

At what age would you feel comfortable letting your child use a sharp knife?

Before you answer that question, consider the risks of using a sharp knife; for example, small cuts and scratches or even deep wounds. Then start from age 2 and keep going up until you’re sure you could hand your child a sharp knife without having to say, “Be careful!”

If the thought of exposing your children to the slightest dangerous situation makes you shudder, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Most parents wouldn’t dream of putting their children in harm’s way, at least not on purpose!

Unfortunately we live in a dangerous world.

As a parent, you must teach your children to navigate their way around dangerous situations to avoid a potential tragedy in the future.


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