June 15, 2021

Danger Babies– Why Are Some Kids Such Risk-Takers?

Danger Babies– Why Are Some Kids Such Risk-Takers?

Is your little one a Danger Baby who jumps from the top of the slide? Or a Safety Baby who hides behind you? How can we find the balance of keeping our little ones safe and building their courage? And how do we keep the bananas kids out of the ER?!


Kids are bananas. Some particularly so. But why are some kids seemingly born to scale the kitchen cabinets before they can walk? And are there are any future upsides to having been a “danger baby”? 

In this episode, Molly and Blaire discuss the many benefits of “free play,” the differences between danger and risk, how we can teach our little ones to be safely courageous, and what child development specialist Rebecca Weingarten calls “constructive failure.”

Here are links to some of the writing on the topic and other things discussed in this episode: 

https://health.usnews.com/wellness/for-parents/articles/2017-05-11/9-ways-to-cultivate-courage-in-kids

https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/kids-health/why-our-kids-should-take-risks-sometimes-even-slightly-dangerous-ones/

Shakira’s song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” https://youtu.be/pRpeEdMmmQ0


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