A Child’s Bucket List

beargI was reading an article recently in which Bear Grylls explained that he thought parents remove too much risk from their children’s lives. His theory was that wrapping them up in cotton wool did them a dis-service – far from keeping them safe, it was preventing them from learning to deal with risks safely. Better, he believes, to expose them to some risks and teach them how to safely navigate the risk.

He might have a point.

50listIncluded in the article was The National Trust’s list of 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 3/4. I mentioned it to Bean. He turned his nose up. I started reading aloud from the list anyway, and he changed his mind. He wanted to do these things. Except maybe abseiling. He’s not sure of that one – although I have promised to do it with him.  As we read the list, we realised he has done half of them already.

I Googled the list origins and found that the National Trust has a reward programme for taking part, so I’ve signed Bean up for it. I mean, we were going to do it anyway … Anyone fancy joining us?

By the way, his eyes lit up when he realised he’d already done #49 🙂


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3 comments on “A Child’s Bucket List

  1. I love this list – perfect for children and encourages outdoor place – nothing better

    Laura x

  2. I totally agree. I think kids generally are over protected by parents, not allowed to experiment and experience rough and tumble. Yes it is a more dangerous world than say a generation ago, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep kids indoors all day, cooped up. My kids’ primary school has spoken of the ‘propeller’ parents who aren’t doing their kids any favours – its reponse is to run overnight trips to outdoor activity centres where kids learn life skills. Many parents have complained about these, saying their precious ones are too young to be absent from home for one night and made to do the outdoor play. I say ‘poppycock’!

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