My Parenting Philosophy Summed Up in 30 Seconds
"I have this feeling in my chest telling me not to do it," said my 8-year-old, Mr. T, as he hovered on the edge of a skate ramp drop.
"That's called fear," I told him. "Ignore it."
"But what if I hurt something?" he asked. Mr. T broke his wrist last summer and it's definitely toned down his daredevil skateboarding ways.
"You have a helmet, elbow pads, wrist pads, and knee pads," I told him. "You'll be fine."
"But what if I still break something?"
"Then you get another cool cast and I'll be the first to sign it," I replied.
A few minutes later, as you can see in the above video, he finally went for it--and wiped out. Hard. And you hear my response.
People always ask what I do to my kids to make them be the way they are. I don't know if I get much right as a parent, but encouraging them to take risks within reason, overcome fear, and then giving them props when they fail probably helps them more than I know.