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November 24, 2012

50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do


Wrote Kevin Kelly


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The idea of this thin book is that danger is something kids need to learn to handle by experience. The 50 small experiments in this book can potentially cause a minor injury (although they are unlikely to), but are never really seriously dangerous. In fact most of them aren't dangerous at all, but at least they are fun. There are no special techniques, secret formulas, or exclusive knowhow here that everyday knowledge or a quick internet search would not turn up. The activities are the kinds of things kids will sometimes do on their own — at least in the past. It's too bad a book like this is needed today, and maybe you, or folks you know, don't need it, but if the kids in your life live a very structured and constantly supervised existence, this is a way to supervise a little danger. The book is designed to be read either by parents or kids. Most activities have clear instructions. We've been going through the book, letting the kids choose. It encourages them to try stuff, and to see the trade-off in risks and gains in many things. Mostly, we use this as a primer for more dangerous things to try later on.




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I bought this book when it came out, in fact it's the only book I've ever pre-ordered (What a terrible neologism, if you're ordering something it is, by definition, done before the item is in stock. If it were in stock you'd just be buying it.)

The concept of the book had to be introduced to my wife rather gently. After a few days I told her I'd ordered the book (I already had it) and then I finally showed her the book. She still had a fit. Needless to say the book went into protective custody under an assumed identity. I think it's about time it came out of hiding once more as the kids are managing to get into bumps and scrapes by themselves and my wife has got a little more used to the idea of letting the kids learn their limitations without over-protecting them.

Posted by: Graeme | Nov 26, 2012 1:02:47 AM

like this Flautist?


Posted by: sherlock | Nov 24, 2012 11:04:46 PM

Near as I can tell, from looking at those teeny tiny little pictures, some of the dangerous activities would include

-put a curse on a mountain (or throw a person into a volcano)
-unwrap a pair of thigh-high hose
-go for a ride on a washing machine agitator
-tattoo your own chest
-give yourself a bowl haircut
-demolish old tax papers
-spy on the babysitter with her boyfriend
-operate a bulldozer
-hit some stuff with a slingshot

Same old crap we did when I was a kid.

Posted by: Flautist | Nov 24, 2012 10:25:58 PM

It's not so much sheltering as overscheduling/overclocking kids. If you keep them organized enough, they'll find it hard to do more than just fall into bed exhausted every night.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Nov 24, 2012 10:07:24 PM

i can't imagine kids so sheltered that they don't find multiple ways to almost screw over themselves for life - if they live - on their own -- no parental help needed - strange book

Posted by: sherlock | Nov 24, 2012 9:58:25 PM

Trouble is, unscrupulous lawyers just look for complaints

on parents that let kid do these things with the

occasional hiccup happening!

Posted by: JoePeach | Nov 24, 2012 7:35:13 PM

How about the rest of the artical? You people do this all the time. I had enough of this nonsense .
Good by

Posted by: Richard | Nov 24, 2012 7:33:19 PM

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