Friday, March 27, 2015
Outdoor adventures: Fire!
He thought it was great; I had visions of him faceplanting into the flames.
It was very hard not to hold his hand, put out a barring arm, or pull him back. But how else does he learn his own limits and his own ways of being safe other than getting close enough to feel his eyeballs dry out or his skin feel uncomfortably warm? How else will he learn a stick will catch alight and he'll need to let it go? I can tell him, but the experience of it is much more powerful. It's certainly a powerful lesson for me in trusting him and letting him learn in his own way.
If anyone has any advice on providing risky play that's not going to end up in third degree burns, I'd love to hear it.