Today one of our friends got hurt. It wasn’t my fault but I carry strong guilt when something like this happens. It’s ultimately my job to keep my littles safe.
We actually believe in risky play at Bright Beginnings. I would even go farther to say we encourage risky play.
Why ? Children that are faced with risks or challenges use high level problem ￼solving. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing.
Sometimes those risks have consequences and that might include someone getting hurt. That’s the hard part. Even in the hurt – children ( and adults ) learn something.
Today our friend was in a huge hurry to get outside. He ran out the door and fell on the driveway. I helped him up and dried his tears and sent him on way into the play yard. He ran again and fell whacking his head on the parking timber for our bikes. It hit just right to cause a lot of bleeding. The kids were worried. I took him inside to clean him up and with my free hand called mom. His mom came quickly and took him to the ER. He ended up with glue and bandages.
As mom dropped him off she said” he said he’s never running again .” I’m sure that’s a stretch but I do believe he will slow down and think about what might happen. Atleast for a few days