Teaching Our Kids To Take Calculated Risks
This week I was reading an article on Skynews which was about how tv adventurer
Bear Grylls had put his 11-year-old son in harm’s way.
Grylls does TV shows like Get Out Alive, The Island and Mission Survive.
It reminded me of my upbringing and the messages that I picked up as a child.
I was told from an early age that I was a careful boy and I often wonder how
those types of words affected me as I grew up and made my choices.
And then when I had kids, “what sort of messages did I want them to pick up on”.
The world is continually changing, especially for kids, it seems that kids today
are born with special genes that gives them the knowledge and confidence to
operate an app at age 1.
The messages we chose to send our kids was that risk is a part of life.
So we have a choice, as an example we can say our goodbyes with words like
“stay safe” or we could go out on a limb and use words like
“take a risk, just calculate it”.
Anyway, Grylls was defending the actions and I think he made some really valid points,
this is what he said.
- When we try to strip our kids’ world of risk we do them a gross disservice.
- We teach them nothing about handling life.
- All children have a right to adventure… these moments allow children to get excited about the possibilities the world has to offer.
- They teach independence, initiative, self-reliance and resourcefulness: skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives
- None of this, of course, should come at the expense of safety.’
- Let’s not deceive ourselves into thinking that removing risk makes our children ‘safe’. It doesn’t.
- Every adventure comes with risk. Otherwise it wouldn’t be an adventure.
- Being vigilant and managing risk is not the same as wrapping your kids in cotton wool. It is about common sense.
- I believe it is fundamentally unfair to put children in a holding pen until they are 18.
- That’s why I remain defiantly determined to provide my own children with opportunities to discover the world, as well as their own natural talents.
- I am determined to stand beside them on that journey.
- And yes, it can be dangerous.
That’s my observation this week, Phil Matthew
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