This article takes a real look at the risks parents allow their children to face

A parent and a child together, anywhere, are safer than a child alone at home.

This is a great essay on parenting, and the risks that a parent chooses to allow a child to face. The article looks at traveling with children or even unborn fetus in the backcountry by canoe and backpack.

It is a great article.

The article compares those risks to driving in a car with kids or the toxins found in every home.

I love this quote from the article: “Because here’s the other thing. Playing it safe is a matter of perspective.”

What is “The author does a great job of explaining it.

Routinely, we pile our children into cars and drive around at lethal speeds. We litter our homes with toxic substances, spray our yards with pesticides, keep firearms, eat food full of chemicals, breathe polluted air, let our kids drive, and put them in social contexts where bad things happen all the time.

We think little of these dangers because they are routine. Everyone does it. Nobody questions it.

I found the article had a simpler statement. Any kid is safer when the child’s parents are with the child. Canoeing across a lake in Northern Canada parent and child is safer than any child alone in a household. If the canoe tips, there is the child’s PFD, the canoe and the parent to assist the child. Alone at home, there is nothing but dangerous, under the kitchen sink, in the closet, high on a shelf.

We spend millions on keeping kids safe. We litigate millions when kids get hurt. Maybe we need to take a look at parenting as the major reason why kids get hurt.

Actually, it is a lack of parenting.

See Does Taking Risks Make You a Dangerous Parent?

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