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!"

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