Sunday, January 24, 2010
At What Point Do you Let Your Kids Fall?
Ok, I'm donating $250.00 to Haitian animal relief. I didn't get anywhere near enough comments to reach my limit and I'm too impatient to wait for them either! Probably would never get that many anyway. I'm sure the animals don't want me to wait for comments either, really. So I'll get the money there today and move on blog-wise.
On to the next topic:
Charlie is climbing the furniture, like any good tomboy would.
At which point do I let her go for it?
How high before I take her down?
If she falls from one foot, it's probably a "lesson". If she falls from three feet, it's more of a danger. Is there a certain height where you as the parent draw the line? Or do you just not let them climb at all? I wish there was a guide that told you "anything over 1.5 feet the risk of breaking her neck overrides the benefits of learning about pain" but so far I have not found any studies like that. Well, I haven't really looked for them either ;-) That's what you guys are for.
She is 16 months and pretty agile, but still trips on occasion when running. She's all about getting higher and higher right now.
Do you let your kids fall? What about at the playground/jungle gym? When do you swoop in and rescue them? This is probably a question that will continue to arise throughout her childhood, and possibly adulthood, where I have to ask myself if I'm being too over-protective, or giving her enough independence to learn her own lessons....
Ugh. This parenthood thing. Why is EVERY decision so fraught with long term implications???
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