Last night, 3 of my children decided it was a lovely night for a fire.
So they built one.
Then they decided it was a lovely night to camp outside.
So they set up their tent.
In the morning, they were cold.
So they built another fire.
Then they got hungry.
So they cooked eggs over said fire.
They did all of these things with no input and very minimal supervision from me or my husband.
To say I’m not a “helicopter parent” would be an understatement.
So I was eager to read Gever Tulley’s book 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).
It’s pretty funny that my 10 year old said, “Mom, this book is boring. We’ve already done all this stuff!”
Actually, when I read through the book I dogeared the pages with activities I knew the kids had engaged in.
Things like: sleeping outdoors alone, making a bomb in a bag, playing with fire, making a rope swing, climbing trees.
Turns out there are many things they have done that I didn’t know about!
I think my son was kidding when he said the book was boring.
It’s the only book I can remember that interested all 4 of my readers.
Here are 3 of them poring over the book.
My stepdaughter set out to make a slingshot not long after I took this picture.
50 Dangerous Things not only suggests activities that are educational and fun for kids, they also tell you as a parent WHY these things are valuable to learn.
Not the least of which is, in my opinion, to get it out of their system! If everything is forbidden, I have the opinion that it becomes more attractive to children.
You might also enjoy Gever Tulley’s TED page.
What do you think about kids doing “dangerous” things?