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There are many things I like about this clip. I like the admonition to trust in the curiosity of children. I like that another adult in this world is saying, let them pick the petals off the flowers! I like the message of say “yes” more. I like the “strewing” example…leave out the binoculars. He also couples “get out of their way” with “help them explore.” It’s not a stop-parenting thing, it’s actually a different approach to parenting…it’s a help them approach and a stop stopping them approach.

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At two years old, helmets are easier to wear, I guess.

With all of our girls, we struggled with keeping helmets on their heads when they were under two. This struggle was particularly frustrating when in the bike trailer. It really wasn’t happening since the girls could take them off themselves. I am still not certain about the laws regarding helmets in bike trailers where we are. Here is what I can find regarding helmets on bikes, by state and here is what wikipedia has on helmet laws by country.

Wearing a helmet was still an issue when they wanted to ride bikes in the alley, but there was something more unbearable about wearing a helmet while sitting in that trailer. And I hated forcing it on them, so we basically didn’t do bike rides. Not as a family, that is.

I’ve recently come to accept not putting ourselves in a situation as an appropriate way of handling these types of issues. There are plenty of fun and physically active things to do that don’t require helmets.

Recently, though, we got the bikes out and everyone was excited about putting on their own helmets and going out to the alley and to the boardwalk to ride their bikes. Especially this one. She’s all of a sudden very proud of that helmet.

I still struggle with freedom and choices and obeying other’s rules and laws when it comes to the littlest ones. But, as they get older, it just gets easier. When they can talk to me and when they understand to some extent what I am saying when I explain the safety issues…and sometimes get into the principles behind the laws we live under. Until then, I prefer to not do those things, or not do them often.

This parenting thing is like riding a bike in a sense. You keep finding your balance, readjusting and rediscovering it as you move down the road, which is good, because we’re going places and we’re rarely sitting still.

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