The Trials And Tribulations Of Being A Kid

Kids can get up to all sorts. It’s part of the magic of childhood; the innocence of not really knowing the consequences of your actions until something goes right or wrong. It allows a freedom that you rarely get in later life, but with this freedom comes the ability to get into all sorts of trouble – especially when it comes to their bodies. Scrapes, scratches and broken bones are all par for the course in our younger years, and you’d be hard pressed to find somebody who didn’t know someone as a kid who had one of these things happen to them if they didn’t happen to themselves. But can we do anything more to prevent them happening?

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You Can’t Keep Them Wrapped In Cotton Wool

Children learn from the examples we are giving them. If we play it safe, they will play it safe too – after testing the boundaries a little bit – but those who keep their children wrapped in cotton wool and unable to see what the outside world can offer them are more at risk of something more troublesome happening to their kids. It a child doesn’t see how you navigate a problem, they will be at liberty to try it themselves, using their own interpretation of the situation. It’s through doing things like this that broken bones occur; they push to the limits an action that they think they can do, or think that because they haven’t had some reparation for what they’ve done before, it won’t hurt or damage them. This isn’t to say that you need to take your child outdoors and force them into situations that could potentially harm them – it’s more showing them right from wrong when it comes to putting themselves in dangerous situations.

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You Can Show Them A Good Routine

 

There are some things that we don’t tend to think about when it comes to kids hurting themselves – probably because we tend to do them ourselves. For example, a high percentage of people still clear the inside of their ears with cotton wool buds, despite warnings all over the packet that this shouldn’t be done. It only takes someone who hasn’t seen any different, and therefore doesn’t know any better, to think that this is the way that proper ear cleaning should be done. Those who are in the know about how to undertake a healthier routine when it comes to this hygienic ritual may think it’s silly to even consider sticking a small stick in your ear, but unless you are told differently, you genuinely don’t tend to think of another option … until it’s too late.

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You Can’t Dare To Be Different … But Also, You Can

 

There are some boundaries which are meant to be pushed. If they weren’t, we wouldn’t have had people creating new things, exploring new places and bringing amazing things to our attention. Daring to be different needs to be done in front of children with a slight amount of precaution added on to it. It’s not to say that you can’t do it; a child will learn to adapt to their surroundings in quicker time than an adult, and the more that they practise something the safer that they will get. That’s why you can get child acrobats, piano players and rodeo riders who seem to be a dab hand at it. However, if you aren’t sure about what you’re doing to get to an amazing standard, leave it to the experts to teach your kids. When you go out of your way to push your child’s abilities to the utmost limits, you are leaving a bit down to fate but a lot more down to the expertise that you possess. Don’t make them do something that you wouldn’t be comfortable to do yourself. If you can’t safely demonstrate how to accomplish something, there is no way that you can expect them to.

 

Can Common Sense Be Learned?

 

Most people are born with a certain amount of common sense, and it’s said that it’s not a learned trait; it’s something that comes naturally to us. If you know that your child doesn’t have a good amount of it, it’s best to keep an eye on them. That way you’ll limit the amount of scrapes and scratches that they get on them. But at the end of the day, if they are exploring and having fun and it’s not causing them too much harm, a few blips here and there should be expected as part of a learning curve.

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