“Be Careful…!”

Learning to manage risk is an important part of children’s development. Often we instinctively shout out “Be careful!” when children move towards areas of risk – sometimes there is real reason for alarm. Sometimes there isn’t.

This article provides a wonderful overview on the different types of risk children often face and ways to help them navigate those risks instead of calling out “Be careful!” – that can mean so much, but without the specific details, or can be meaningless.

Next time consider using “Stay focused on what you’re doing.” “What is your next move?” “Do you feel safe there?” “Does that branch feel strong and stable?” or “I’m here if you need me.”

To learn more about how to help children learn to manage risks, visit: http://childnature.ca/when-you-want-to-say-be-careful/

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