Let the kids climb trees

I hear myself do it all the time. I say things like "be careful!" or "that's dangerous!" or some other warning to my kids. It comes from a good place. I don't want them to get hurt. But I'm hurting them by saying these things. 

Self-confidence comes from taking risks. Brains grow with physical activity. Hand-eye coordination develops as you coordinate between your hands and your eyes (intuitive, right?). And... you can see cool things when you're up in a tree. 

Instead of hurling warnings, I'm going to ask these kinds of questions: How are you feeling up there? Are you feeling safe? What do you see? Can I support you somehow?

Here's more about this tree climbing thing. Now go find a tree....

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