“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

 

Children need adventure. Their adventurous spirit can influence their development in a good direction. Children need to have new and challenging experiences as they get older because their brains are forming, growing, and changing every minute.

It is a special challenge for parents, who naturally try to provide a safe situation for their children, and it minimizes their adventurous spirit.

Life is full of challenges. Some of them lead to adventure and success. On the other hand, it also produces failures and lessons.

Even though we as parents want to protect our children so they are safe, children will not always be in a safe situation. You are not helping child development see how the world works. Therefore, provide experiences for children to have an adventurous spirit.

There are four things parents can to raise an adventurous spirit child:

1) Creating a safe environment for children to explore

Parents who want to help their children have an adventurous spirit make sure to create a safe environment at home. Children are naturally curious about many things. That is why it is important to have a very safe home environment for them, especially for young children.

A safe home environment will avoid things that can hurt your child extremely without supervision.

2) Let children explore the surroundings

When a child is a toddler, parents must actively encourage children to explore the environment around them with the assumption that the environment is safe for them. Even with parental supervision, you should try not to say “no” when the child does something that outlines their curiosity.

3) Avoid overreacting when children are injured

It is difficult for us as parents to refrain from going straight and helping our children when they hurt themselves. However, small scratches in children are not a big problem. The child will fall, trip, get scratched while running and sometimes it will hurt.

However, parents need to hold back when their child is injured, especially if it is just a small cut or scratch. At this stage, parents must wait to see how children react to pain. Are they the type of child who will stand up or cry first?

If in the end, your child comes to you, calm them down and tell them that it is only a small scratch and that it is okay to experience it. When they are no longer crying or sad, you can praise them.

4) Introduce children to things they are afraid of

To foster a child’s spirit of adventure, parents can introduce children to things they are afraid of. For example, if your child is afraid of the dark, you can give them a dark situation and spend time with them in that darkness. You can explain to them there is nothing to be afraid of when darkness occurs if they are in a safe situation.

Things like this will teach children to build resilience which can be the main trait of adventurous children. In addition, it will help children realize that the thing they are afraid of is not as scary as they thought.

May 10, 2021

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