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Answered on 19th July 2009:
I have twin toddler daughters. One is a drama queen, the other is not. The drama queen doesn't care about getting dirty--she loves it. The non-drama queen hates messes and dirty clothes--she needs to change if she drips on her shirt. Both girls climb and swing and run and are allowed to get as messy as they want, unless we're going someplace where they have to look neat.
They self-regulate in how much they want to be protected. The drama queen is more cautious when it comes to new things. She hangs back until her sister tries a new slide or a new toy, for the most part.
Let kids choose their own ways, boys or girls.
FWIW, I let both girls run naked in the yard. They love it. Somehow the terminology for this is "a chicken nugget" as in, "Can I be a chicken nugget?" which means take off all of one's clothes and run around fully nude. We just had a wonderful sprinkler afternoon yesterday with two chicken nuggets. (We started with swim suits, but when they got wet, the suits came off.) I don't see what is wrong with this either.
Answered on 8th July 2009:
I'm of two minds here. On one hand, there *are* children who didn't grow up due to the lax attitudes of the past. I cannot quote statistics of mortality rates, but I'll bet there are some who can to prove my point.
So seatbelts, choking hazards, lead-based paint warnings are reasonable IMO.
OTOH, we have to teach our children what is reasonable in areas of health, consumption, polite behavior, etc. One person's reasonable is not the same as another person's.
Personally, I think many have gone overboard in the safety zone. I don't mind some bumps and bruises, and let my kids try many things on their own.
My nanny treats my children very very carefully, as does my mother in law. While I get frustrated by their ultra-cautious attitudes some times, I suppose I'd rather that the bumps and bruises happen "on my watch". So I can appreciate the issue from many perspectives!
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