Here’s a presentation video by Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, on 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do; for example, let your children own a pocket knife, and let them play with fire. His argument is that when we allow our children to explore, it “will make them stronger and smarter and actually safer.”
I was skeptical at first, but after watching the video and thinking it over, it made sense. I’ll still have to think about it, and will probably know more and will have decided when the time comes with my children.
BTW, happy new year! I hope you have an awesome 2008 ahead.