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Questions to make you a better dad

This question will make your life easier. That’s a promise. Too often we impose something that’s just not necessary. The worst that can happen is our children experience discomfort. And discomfort is something that helps us learn. We have standoffs about wearing a coat if it’s cold, but if they’re cold, they’ll learn to wear […]

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This question will make your life easier. That’s a promise.

Too often we impose something that’s just not necessary. The worst that can happen is our children experience discomfort. And discomfort is something that helps us learn.

We have standoffs about wearing a coat if it’s cold, but if they’re cold, they’ll learn to wear their coat. We get into arguments about not taking a toy out with them. If they lose it, they’ll learn not to next time. We find ourselves barking instructions in the playground about not climbing the wrong way up the slide, or jumping off the climbing frame. Provided they aren’t going to break their own, or someone else’s leg, what’s the worst that can happen?

If I let them, will they or someone else really come to harm, or will they learn something?

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