Let Them Eat Dirt

There's a nanny at the park whom I befriended way back when Zach was a newborn.  We often chatted while Zach rolled around on a blanket, then later crawled on the grass eating leaves, and eventually toddled around on the playground.  Last year she became pregnant and recently had a baby girl, whom she cares for while she nannies.

Watching Zachary take a tumble and get back up again without complaining, she turned to me and said: "I am going to raise my child like you are raising Zach.  I'm going to let her eat dirt and fall down.  Your son is resilient, and the freedom you gave him made him that way."

I'm glad someone understands there's a method to my madness.

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wadehuntley

When my kids turf it we just get them up and tell them how awesome that was. It's the funniest thing in the world to see the looks on the other parents faces when my son is racing down the grass full speed, faceplants, gets up and looks around to find us, then gives us two thumbs up and says "did you see that, it was awesome!"
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Jeanne-Marie Paynel

and that IS the secret to parenting!
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mamaturtlemiller

Love it.
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the full monte(ssori)

omg, I love this!!! :) Thank you for sharing!!!
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Sapling House

This is my method too - I love it! No helicopter parenting from me, I really do believe it creates resilient, confident little ones xox
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Let Her Eat Dirt

Just found your blog -- great post! We believe much the same thing. I blog about this kind of approach to parenting: Let Her Eat Dirt http://www.lethereatdirt.com A dad's take on raising tough, adventurous girls
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