Starting the Conversation

So, since we’re just getting started here, I thought I’d talk a little more about where I’m going with this site.  Ideally, I’d like this to become a child safety community of sorts.  I envision a place where people can go to find out about child safety, but also engage in discussions and debates about child safety.  What have people come across that they think is particularly dangerous to their children?  What was unexpectedly dangerous?  What practical tips do people have to make their child more safe?

One thing I’m particularly interested in is the balance between keeping our kids safe and letting them test their limits.  We could all put our children in a bubble where they’d never get hurt, but they’d be missing out on so much that makes life fun.  Climbing trees, going too fast on a bike, pretending the top of a brick wall is a balance beam — all of these things are not only fun for kids, but it also builds their confidence. Most of it is common sense.  Let them ride their bike a little too fast, but make sure they have a helmet.  Let them walk on the wall, but walk underneath them to break their fall.  Make sure the tree they’re climbing is a good climbing tree with sturdy branches.  Kids are going to get injured — broken arms, cuts, chipped teeth — that’s all part of childhood and we as parents can’t and shouldn’t try to prevent all injuries. Our job is to do what we can to minimize the risk of the truly serious ones.

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