As we begin a new school year, there is change for each one of us. Change brings about a certain level of discomfort, but discomfort often brings about growth.
We live in a time and place that values, almost worships, comfort and safety. While comfort and safety are both wonderful things, no one would ever learn to ride a bike or how to swim, if they placed too much value in safety or comfort. We have to step out of our comfort zone to grow.
As parents we often view our role as providing our children with complete safety if not complete comfort. But the United States would never have become a new nation, if the founding fathers had embraced that same attitude to the extent we do today. They certainly put themselves and their families in danger when they declared independence. They could have suffered physical harm and even death as a result of taking that action.
So when do we play it safe, and when do we step out and take a risk? That's a difficult question. One has to weigh the benefits and the risks to make a good decision. It's even more difficult when it comes to our children. We can't look into the future and see which risks taken now will benefit them in the future. We know some will, but we don't know which ones. That's one reason I never want to judge another person's parenting. Each of us is going to do the best we can with our own children.
Please be safe most of the time, but occasionally take a calculated risk...and let your kids do so too.
Blessings on your parenting,