Fearless kids seem to get a bad wrap. Sometimes people call them cocky, over-confident or wild. But whoa! Whoa! Ease up on the judgement because I’m here to give two truths and a lie about these bold youngsters.
Truth #1: They are persistent.
They may fall off of their skateboard, skin a knee or break a bone, but they’ll be ready to try again at their first opportunity. Many times you can overhear them joking about a spill they’ve taken or asking you to watch their next trick. They are the ultimate go-getters. They realize that the only way out is through and they are willing to put in the practice. To fearless children, the journey is just as good as the destination.
Truth #2: They are exhausting.
For all of the reasons above. Everything that is great about having a fearless kid also makes parenting even more exhausting. Constantly having to keep watch that your child doesn’t jump off of something high, walk up to a strange animal, follow behind older kids stunts or just plain run off. Giving the 411 to babysitters, daycare workers, or teachers that “hey, my kid is fearless so you may wanna keep an extra eye on this one, okay?”
Lie: They need to be anything other than who they are.
There is nothing wrong with being fearless. We need fearless people in the world just as much as we need cautious people. Think of all the jobs that fearless people do: study animals/nature in their habitat, fight fires, repair electrical lines, work with dangerous chemicals and of course military personnel. Steve Irwin The Crocodile Hunter was one of the most fearless people on the planet. Have you ever seen Ice Road Truckers? Talk about fearlessness and dedication to deliver goods for all of us cautious people to enjoy!
If it were up to me, we’d know diddly-squat about animals, use local, natural products and live by candlelight. Sorry, not sorry.
What wild and crazy things have your fearless kids gotten into? I bet you’ve got some juicy stories!