Posted: June 11, 2018
Everywhere you look, there are lists of summer safety tips that set fear in the hearts of well-intentioned parents. While it’s important to safeguard kids from danger, there’s a delicate balance between caution and overprotection. Closely supervising young children around water, enforcing pool safety and keeping extra sunscreen on hand are wise ways to weather summer risks. Micromanaging, over-sheltering and preventing exploration, on the other hand, may lead teens and younger kids become risk-averse, indecisive and overly dependent.
This summer, step away from the desire to over-control—and work toward giving kids age-appropriate forms of independence to enable social, personal and emotional development. As your child or teen demonstrates self-sufficiency and feels accomplished, loosen the reins in new areas.
Understandably, you may feel like the best way to protect your kids is to outfit them in bubble wrap and tie them to a chair—but don’t let concern get the best of you. While advanced preparation helps summertime go off without a hitch, fear isn’t your friend. Accept the fact that you can’t control everything, and find a flexible, healthy balance between appropriate caution and unwelcome anxiety.
“I’m a big fan of safety measures—bike helmets, seat belts. I just don’t think kids need a security detail every time they leave the house,” says syndicated columnist Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children Without Going Nuts With Worry. “You can limit risky behavior, but you can’t eliminate risk.”
Between BBQs and vacations this summer, partner with Maglio Electric to check these vital summer safety tasks off your family’s list:
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