Just recently I was on the SiriusXM show, "Stand up With Pete Dominick," talking about the way trying to protect our kids' bodies and brains from anything that could hurt them actually prevents them from developing the self-preservation skills that kick in when faced with some frustrations and boo-boos.
Rarely does hearing me just once, on the radio, have such a lovely effect as this:
Hi Lenore, so nice to hear you. The part that clicked for me was when you spoke about the unnecessary anxiety we all have, when statistics show the chance of something catastrophic happening is so very low.
I always thought of the anxiety my daughter had as being a sign that she knew how dangerous the world could be. However, after hearing you yesterday, I realized I'm doing nothing but crippling her from going out and exploring a world that even though can be scary at times, for the most part is actually not as violent as we're made to think. It changed my mind so very much that I allowed my daughter to go out yesterday afternoon for a bike ride, by herself, in our neighborhood. Never before would I have done that without going with her. However, I just had faith that she would be fine and she would use her intuition if anything felt off. I saw that it empowered her and gave her a little confidence and much more independence. Thank you again for speaking yesterday, it really did make a difference in how I view the world.
You can do it too! Here I am on another iinterview, this one yesterday at KCUR, Kansas City's NPR station. If you, too, feel inspired to give your kid a little bit of freedom, please tell us and we will exult! - L