There are ways to temper your toughest critic and take constructive control of your feelings.
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I don't know if you've mentioned it before, Peter, but a book I loved that deals with this theme is The Continuum Concept, by Jean Liedloff, about a tribe in South America. The images I have of kids walking by dangerous pits and playing near dangerous rivers, without ever getting hurt, helps me to be less protective.
We know a few neighbors with kids near enough to my son's age. He's 7, and I let him ride around the block. He knows he's supposed to be back within 5 minutes. Then he yells, "I'm going around again!"
For most people human rights have increased, but for children they have shrunk.
Some problems can be solved best by taking a break from trying to solve them.
Converging evidence shows a major shift toward independence around age 4.
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