Some months ago I was sent this video of a TED talk on “5 dangerous things you should let your kids do.” Play with fire, own a pocket knife, take appliances apart, and the like. The idea has gained traction in a lot of quarters, that keeping kids in a hermetically sealed bubble hinders creativity and does not prepare them for life.
The other day some moms and kids were walking home from the bus stop and one of the kindergartners started running down the hill towards our house and the mom yelled, “SLOW DOWN!” I wanted to say, “In the name of God, why?!”
I remember Robert telling me about this story of a woman who let her 9-year-old ride the New York City subway by himself. The blog post is up to 580+ comments, mostly supportive, but a few are ready to turn her in for child neglect. I would like to say I’d consider something similar, with the right kid and under the right circumstances—though I’d probably give him or her a cell phone.
On this topic, check out this graphic from an article in the Daily Mail called “How children lost the right to roam in four generations.” I can only imagine the angst from some of the neighbor moms if I let my kids roam! A few weeks ago I let Caroline and Margaret play and ride bikes in the cul de sac. I could see them from the window but wasn’t watching them every second. I was actually less worried about them hurting themselves than I was about attracting the ire of fellow parents.
Anyway, that’s not why I’m posting this video. I’m wondering what you would include on a list of “5 dangerous things we should let churches do.” I think we’re too risk-averse in general. What should those five things be?
I’ve asked this before, and here are a few responses I got:
- Admit you don’t know stuff.
- Do something unpopular but faithful (and sticking to it)
- Doing something popular to be faithful.
- Call folks when they stop coming to church.
- Embrace rejection.
What would you add to the list?