Playing with fire

I often describe Quinns as a thrill seeker. He’s always enjoyed going fast. As a baby we would swing his car seat fast to settle him. Now it’s the higher the better on the swing, the faster the better on the roundabout (I’m sure that’s why I’m so driven to get him an accessible roundabout).

When Best friend bashes the Bug into the wall at school all the mums gasp but actually Quinns has the biggest grin on his face (plus it’s his metal footplate that’s hit the wall not him). Best friend spends his time riding his bike. Learning to skid and doing wheelies. All risky activities but exactly what you’d expect from an almost four-year-old.

When you think about the rough and tumble that most children experience and enjoy, it’s important that we allow Quinns to experience as much of this as possible.

There is always a little bit of risk in everything we do. He needs to experience things like any child his age and learn his boundaries. He just needs a bit of extra help. We don’t want him wrapped in cotton wool.

Here’s Quinns holding the skewer toasting marshmallows over the fire. He’s doing exactly the same as Big Sister (eating too many marshmallows before bed!)

The best way to learn is to explore and he can’t do that if we over protect him. It’s our job to expose him to the same level of risk, safely of course, as his peers.

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