“A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for.”
We as adults take calculated risks frequently and more often than not, we succeed. If we don’t, we learn. We often seem to understand which risk is worth taking and which isn’t. We do this by weighing the pros and cons. We take these healthy risks because we want to explore the world around us and experience something new.
Our children wish to do the same. That’s why, we as parents need to teach them how to take risks at a young age so that they develop the confidence to take bigger, calculated risks later. Teaching children to take risks provides many benefits to children. Today, we will cover the benefits of creating risk-taking opportunities for our children so that they can practice engaging in risk-taking behaviour.
A book by Joanna Fortune, 15-Minute Parenting 8–12 Years: Stress-free strategies for nurturing your child’s development, mentions a few benefits of risk-taking behaviours in children. She is a clinical Psychotherapist and Attachment specialist who specializes in child and adolescent psychotherapy. The benefits are as follows:
Reasonable risk-taking behaviour allows children to make their choices, be independent, and take responsibility for their actions. It allows them to understand themselves better. In that way, reasonable risk-taking has multiple benefits for children.
As a parent, do try to get your child to take age appropriate, reasonable risks early so that they can reap the benefits later in life. As always, do show up for your child and be consistent, and you will see positive outcomes.
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Fortune, J. (2020). 15-Minute Parenting, 8–12 Years: Stress-free strategies for nurturing your child’s development. (n.p.): Thread.
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