Why the children I teach are all scared of everything.

I’ve encountered many children over the years I’ve spent teaching. Recently, their pushy, over-protective, downright isolatory parents have instilled in the majority of them a sense of fear. They’re terrified of everything.

Have to leave your mummy to come to class? Cry a lot and she’ll come running in and remove you from the teacher’s obviously awful class. Got a cut knee? Feel free to not come into class, it doesn’t matter if the teacher has been up all night sewing your exam costume. Want to go on holiday? Of course, go, and make sure you don’t tell your teacher personally. She’ll be thrilled to hear it second hand from another parent, on the day before the exam.

I am so in agreement with this article, I cannot reiterate it enough. The children I teach won’t try to learn an exercise for fear that they will get it wrong. A correction is seen as a criticism- I’m trying to help your child. Would you prefer me to leave her doing the step wrong to save your injured pride?

I am trying to help your kid. I want him or her to do well. I want her to take risks, fall over, learn to laugh at mistakes, because it’s good for a kid’s mental and physical health to run the risk of… Anything!! Everything!

Children love to learn by risking things. They like to see what it’s like to experience adrenaline. They actually enjoy seeing how much they can push themselves!

Please, share the hell out of the article below. It’s amazing.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/14/risk-essential-childhood-children-danger

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7 comments on “Why the children I teach are all scared of everything.

    • Haha, thank you very much. I work my ass of for the kids I teach, and have these “helicopter parents” hovering over me. It’s nice to know that I am not alone in my opinions! x

  1. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    Reblogged this on Just Plain Ol' Vic and commented:
    This is a very thought provoking article, please give it a look if you are a parent.

    I always resented my parents for not letting me experience “life” when I was growing up, so I am trying to not be that parent.

    This does not mean I let my children run blindly into everything. I educate and advocate but sometimes life will be a better teacher than I ever could be. I try as a parent to make sure my children understand consequences and then try to make informed decisions.

    Admittedly stepping back is one of the harder things I can do.

  2. Reblogged this on SassaFrass, The Feisty and commented:
    I am a “Free Range” parent by *gasp* letting my children play out of my site. They know their boundaries and have their consequences. NSLM is getting MUCH better and I’m proud of him. Monkey….she’s 9, and has a heart of gold like me. But for the love of all that is holy parents-LET YOUR KIDS BE KIDS! My cousin’s kids are scared to leave her because “something might happen”. They have to learn to take risks and learn from mistakes. Shit I’ll be 36 in 2 weeks and I’m STILL learning and failing miserably-but I’m loving life as I go. Stop hovering and wrapping them in bubble wrap. Let them get dirty, bruised and banged up. And for god sakes let them fight their own childish battles. “Don’t come to me unless someone is bleeding, has a broken bone, or is unconscious/dead. I don’t wanna hear it.” Yeah-Sass is on a soap box rant today. Deal with it or hit the little tiny X in the corner.

  3. TradeRoutz livingStyle says:

    Reblogged this on TradeRoutz livingStyle.

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