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Great to see you back! I love your blog. The pictu...

2007-06-13T07:30:00.000-07:00

Great to see you back! I love your blog. The picture of you and your girls is just lovely. All three of you are just beautiful! I hope you are enjoying summer time. :)

Eva



My mum gave me a fantastic book about trusting you...

2007-06-12T13:41:00.000-07:00

My mum gave me a fantastic book about trusting your 'gut' - "The Gift of Fear". Many times in my life, I have ignored my gut reaction when I *knew* that the person I was dealing with was deceptive, even dangerous. I have regretted it every time. Now I am learning to trust my gut. If a man, woman or child feels that a certain situation is dangerous, they should trust that instinct and do whatever it takes to get away from that situation. If your gut is *wrong* - if it turns out there wasn't any danger, then the worst result is that you may have offended someone - but that's better than going against your gut and being harmed (or worse). It's tough to find the balance between freedom and supervision, but perhaps the best we can do as parents is to teach our children to trust their own instincts, and to heck with offending anyone in the process. Good to see you back, V!



My girls didn't go out on their own until Bethany ...

2007-06-12T04:29:00.000-07:00

My girls didn't go out on their own until Bethany was about 8 or so..Eliza was only 6 but *always* with big sister...and for short amounts of time. The rules have relaxed enormously over the past two years as they've become more confident. The pair of them usually make lots of noise!!! ~ so I can usually hear them from wherever they are in the village.

You always have to trust your intuition. Every child is different.
Love, Veronika



Great to see you're back.. I was beginning to thin...

2007-06-12T02:37:00.000-07:00

Great to see you're back.. I was beginning to think you gave up blogging! The new design looks fantastic!
This is a topic we all face as parents, but in our house we have been having a debate these past few weeks with our nearly seven year old son.. he wants to go to the park on his own, unsupervised, like his school friend does (same age). I don't feel comfortable with that just yet, even though this is a small and seemingly safe village.. cars do drive too fast through here, and I can't help thinking about 'strangers' coming to just such a place because people let their guard down.

That said, I grew up in a big city with lots of freedom from an early age, and that has led me to travel the world, as well as live away from my home country and find independence from age 18. What to do?!!! I know many youngish people (early-mid 20's) still living at home now, unable to decide on a life plan, unmotivated.. is this a result of over-protecting parents or lack of life preparation??
Lack of freedom, or too much freedom...This is the parenting dilemma!! but I do agree that life must be an adventure and I hope to allow my children to have that.



Welcome back! I have missed your blogs on a Saturd...

2007-06-09T01:49:00.000-07:00

Welcome back! I have missed your blogs on a Saturday morning, I don't always agree with everything but they are always interesting.
I would agree whole-heartedly about the value of play and risk taking. I am constantly amazed in my area that children are driven everywhere, constantly supervised and have very little free unstructured time and then suddenly as teenagers given a lot of freedom (out late, with parents not knowing where they are or what they are doing)with nothing in between! There is no gradual learning curve. Since the sad case of Madeline McCann some parents have made their children into virtual prisoners. It must be frightening for a five year old to be constantly in fear of being 'taken'and yet this is what some parents are telling them might happen. It is a very difficult line to draw because obviously they need to be aware of dangers but still have freedom.
Play is also very beneficial for learning to get on with other children without an adult to sort out all disagreements.Perhaps I am just getting old, but it seems to me that children spend more time arguing among themselves which I think is just because they don't have the freedom my generation had at their age, and it is a way of attention seeking.As a child I could go off and play.I knew where I was allowed to go, and I knew about stranger danger, but my mother didn't know exactly where I was and I felt quite safe, I just had to turn up at meal times.