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Gever Tulley

5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

Recommended by Caroline Paul

It seems, at first glance, that Gever Tulley wants to kill your kids.

Knives are involved. Matches. Even spears.

But Tulley actually wants to keep them safer than you are keeping them now. As he lays out in this funny, concise talk, when parents allow kids to take real risks, these kids learn responsibility, decision making and confidence.

I'm a big believer in risk for kids, especially girls. I talk about it, I write about it. And I get asked a lot about the potential for injury, as I'm sure Tulley does, too. OK, it's true; children may get hurt. That gives you the heebie-jeebies, I know. But both Tulley and I want to remind you: your sweet munchkins will soon be teenagers. That's when the real hazards begin! Best to empower them now, then shield them and hope for the best. Can a spear be ordered online? I hope so.

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