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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!"
Moral growth is promoted when we allow little ones to act on their instincts.
If allowed to help, toddlers become great work partners later in childhood.
As I took my morning bike ride, I imagined how I would change if I were Black.
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