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10 Dangerous Things We Let Our Kids Do in the Name of Fun

By amberdoty |

I’ve already admitted that I am something of a helicopter parent. What can I say? I have a morbid thought process. My brain just naturally identifies all means of possible trauma or bodily injury in everyday situations and I feel I’d be remiss as a parent if I didn’t alert my kids to choking hazards or the potential for accidents that may result in blood loss.

I realize I can’t keep my kids locked in a carpeted room with covered outlets, wearing flame retardant clothing, to play with soft blocks, (Believe me. I tried. My husband really put his foot down on this one.) but that doesn’t mean that I won’t continue to wince, cringe, and suppress the urge to crow “Danger!” when my children do something outside of my comfort zone.

Here are 10 dangerous things that I allow my children to do even though it requires me to take blood pressure medication:

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10 Dangerous Things We Let Our Kids Do in the Name of Fun

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Sure there are sexual predators and the potential exists for them to innocently google a word like "sandbox" and then place you under rapid fire interrogation about the real purpose of their anatomy, but think of the educational games! Dora! She's exploring and your kid needs to get in on that interactively.

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Amber Doty is a writer, scientist, wife, and mother to two boys. On Babble, Amber wrote for both Strollerderby and KidScoop about parenting news, pop culture, raising school-age children and general parenting tips. More of her work can be found on her website, The Daily Doty.

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11 thoughts on “10 Dangerous Things We Let Our Kids Do in the Name of Fun

  1. jessie says:

    Haha, I loved this list!

  2. goldenheart says:

    good list
    Merry Go round: Hold on or you will be flying off..

  3. JP says:

    These are dangerous activities? Dangerous? Really? I see a list of normal childhood activites that 99.99999999% of the time are completely safe and uneventful. There is nothing on this list we didn’t do for our entire childhood unsupervised and without major incident. Why are normal childhood experiences suddenly “dangerous”?

  4. dana says:

    “Alright children…’s your hamster ball! Now climb on inside and I will allow you to play outside. Oh wait….let me tape this tracking device to it before you get out of my sight for even a second!”~LOL

  5. BigMomma says:

    You forgot breathing and walking… our air is has carcinogens and kids fall down.. Im glad I didnt raise my kids in a bubble

  6. Gina says:

    This is pathetic.

  7. Rob says:

    Is this supposed to be a joke? I mean, you really can’t be serious…
    Your poor children.

  8. Kristen says:

    I was cracking up at the descriptions…love it, Amber!! xo

  9. I’m intrigued from the woman inside the red coat. Is there some photoshopping involved right here?

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