Teaching kids caution, not fear

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A great quote to consider when approaching children on caution with awareness….

“As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Nelson Mandela

I once read when I was pregnant with my first child that we come into this world with an instincts and intuitions based on survival not suicide.  This book referenced babies that could play with a natural awareness around things that are sharp, hot, or that could potentially be harmful (like high places).  This all makes sense and rings true, but how the heck are you as a parent supposed to just relax when your child is toddling near a hot fire or climbing by himself to the top of a high jungle gym!  The philosophy that we are intelligent by nature, equipped with senses that allow us to live our lives free of fear as long as we exercise them can be super helpful when it comes to parenting, but also kind of abstract.  Obviously, you can’t let a baby/toddler climb to the top of a high jungle gym without supervision.  But, it is important to stay calm and let them fully exercise their senses and try things out in safe environments.  It is so fun to see how much fulfillment can come from the very act of developing this sense of caution instead of fear.

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