Do You Let Your Kids Play with Fire?

Do You Let Your Kids Play with Fire?

Jackie Boucher
Jul 7, 2011

Or do you let him drive your car? Or give her, her own pocket knife to experiment with? One of our responsibilities as parents is to keep our kids safe. Sure, we all know that. But when are we going too far? Our goal is to protect our children from scrapes and burns but are we also interfering with their natural growth and development at the same time? Gever Tulley is vocal about our culture's over protective tendencies. He argues that letting your kids do dangerous stuff is the best way for them to learn how to creatively and confidently control and interact with the world around them.

Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School is not afraid to hand over power tools to children in grade 2. And he doesn't think you should be either. Need some convincing before handing a knife or a pack of matches over to your little ones? Check out this 9 minute TED talk on his top 5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do:

It doesn't stop there; Tulley also wrote a book Fifty Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do. So are you a "let's go play with matches" sort of parent? Or more of a "that golf ball is too sharp for you to play with" kind of parent? Or something in between.

(Images: Jackie Boucher)

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