So I wish someone filled me in that when you turn two years old become fearless. It amazes me to watch my child and her friends attempt things that I would never do. Certainly I don’t think I did, I’ll have to ask my mom next time I see her, but to attempt it now would be crazy since I know I’d get hurt. As a parent you have to try to push those fears aside and let these kids explore. They need to experience first hand, they need to fall and push boundaries. With the wake of everything happening in the world, I’m assuming it is human nature to want to surround your little ones in a bubble and not let them out of your sight but yet that is so unrealistic. We must be able to help provide them with a safe environment to learn, grow and evolve. We must remind ourselves that this fall and accompanying bruise will be the first of many throughout their lives. We must remember that our job is to wipe away their tears and remind them that everything will be okay. To kiss the boo-boo and put a colourful band-aid on it but to them make them go back out and do the same thing again. We can’t let them be scared to do it again. Next time they’ll be more cautious and will succeed.
So to all my fellow parents, please make sure you gently nudge your children to be fearless. Make sure we’re creating a generation of children who won’t be afraid to handle anything that comes their way in the future.