Daniel Ho

Amor Fati

A Toronto-based management consultant who spends too much time thinking about coffee, riding around on two wheels, photography, books, and fried chicken!

5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do

Warning! Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, talks about our drive to overprotect our children -- and spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do.

Allowing kids the freedom to explore, he says, will make them stronger and smarter and actually safer. This is pretty much in line with my thinking about childrearing. My wife is in the "let's protect the child from everything possible" camp, so we have some clashes over this.

Despite the provocative title of the talk, the things he mentions are not really that dangerous. It is more about about allowing a child to have a direct empirical understanding of the way the physical world works in a controlled environment. I attribute much of who I am and the way I feel about the world to growing up doing "dangerous" things.

What do you think?