It is a simple thing to say: make your child go back and get what they left behind,
but what if that was a risky journey?
John left a journal behind.
To retrieve it would include an elevator ride and a different floor in a big hospital.
I said I would wait for him.
He didn’t need much persuasion, as we have been practicing solo elevator rides and other-floor-journeys for some time.
We also practice shopping cart returns across busy parking lots.
We play “find Mom in the grocery store” games, in spite of Stranger Danger and fears of getting lost.
So, it turned out dandy. John was proud of his accomplishment.
Loss of 5 minutes.
No big deal there,
given the trade-up in self-esteem and willingness to try the unknown.
Risk tolerance—practice it with our kids.
Failure or success: both teach something.
Peace be with us,