10 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do At Home

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Parenting is scary. You love your kids so much and you want to protect them in every way you can: you want to protect their feelings, their egos and, of course, their bodies. You want your kids to be safe, but you also want them to be confident, take risks, and, eventually, learn to navigate the world without you. Achieving both these goals...that's the tricky part. Where's the sweet spot between underparenting and overparenting? If you're ready to let go a little, here are 10 "dangerous" things to let them try at home that will be more scary for you than for them.

This list is just a starting point for you to think about. Common sense and your own sensibility will guide you to what your child is ready for and when and how much, if any, supervision is prudent.

1. Use a knife

2. Light the stove

3. Slide down the bannister

4. Jump on the bed

5. Take something apart and put it back together

6. Hammer a nail

7. Have a pillow fight

8. Not wash their hands before dinner

9. Answer the door

10. Play in the front yard without you

Anything on the list that makes your heart race? What would you add?

(Image credits: Gregory Han)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.