Positive Reframe on Risk-Taking

“If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” ~Alfie Kohn

Positive Reframe...

“If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” ~Alfie Kohn

I ran across this article from NPR Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids’ Playgrounds? and I say ‘Yes’ and not just at playgrounds but in life! Risk-taking is a healthy, life-long skill which builds confidence and competence, especially when kids are younger as their brains are doing the most development and the consequences are typically smaller. Overprotecting inhibits natural growth and resilience. How are kids suppose to learn if they can’t experience the decision-making process and the consequences of those choices? There is also no need to punish or add more shame to these experiences like the sadly common reaction of lectures and “I told you so” or “You should know better”.

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6 thoughts on “Positive Reframe on Risk-Taking

  • I c … I was just thinking about that not the quote as such more the certainty and the expectation without the ooohhhs and the stupid arrsss … More the What is it that people want out of life rather than the bullshit that I have been fed most of my life… chicken is just a childish act that I find difficult in understanding… I am not something to fear that is how i understand what this is al about… why am I so difficult in talking too?

  • sorry i thought you said (not wearing glasses) chicken oh dear
    mind set is shit at the moment.. going through a bit of PTSD and I feel very isolated and alone Like I need to run away and not look back… flight or fight… sick of fighting

    • I appreciate your continual support and engagement. Writing is a wonderful way to process, express, and make new connections in our mind and body as well as with others. Healing from PTSD, especially Complex PTSD is like entering a battle every day and sadly very few understand. I am happy to recommend a few of my favorite resources on healing PTSD if you’d like though I have found every one’s journey is unique. It is also hard to see progress and our light amongst the struggle and pain yet I can imagine you have achieved many gains in life. I also have a Facebook page where I share resources and inspirations daily. Keep taking wonderful care of yourself, deep breaths, and baby steps.

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