Safe as needed

Children must be kept as safe as needed not as safe as possible.

Safe as needed not as safe as possible

Have you ever noticed how many dangers there are in the world? Sticks, stones, sharp edges, heights, insects (e.g., biting ants and spiders) are all potentially dangerous.

If you stopped to look at everything that could go wrong in a simple walk in nature, perhaps you'd think twice about going out in the first place! :o

Rather than trying to keep children as safe as possible, it's far better to take a balanced viewpoint and keep children as safe as needed.

This means allowing children to experience risks and challenges which are developmentally appropriate to each child's own abilities and situation.

Having said that, it's easier said than done ... especially when you have active and curious children!

How do you manage maintaining a balance between safety, risks and challenges? Any tips you'd like to share? We'd love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to leave a comment on this post or on our facebook page.

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