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Life as a Daring Adventure
December 29, 2020
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
-Helen Keller

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Allison Michelle Dienstman, in an article on goodnet.org called “How Taking Risks Can Lead You to a Better Life,” wrote: “Taking risks doesn’t mean succeeding every time, and that’s ok! The process of taking risks may lead to failure, but even that can make us a better person by increasing the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties...

Taking a risk to achieve a goal requires courage to face the fear of uncertainty. No matter the outcome, either way, we grow through the process and become more resilient and confident.”

Rusty Keeler’s book about helping children gain confidence and resilience through appropriate risk was titled Adventures in Risky Play because children find joy and excitement in conquering fears with the encouragement of supportive adults.

Keeler explains that “opportunities for measured risk-taking can create more able-bodied and self-assured children who will be better equipped to live safer lives in the long run than if we overly protect them to be safe in the momentary short term. If we stop children from being able to come in contact with perceived risky situations or elements in their worlds, we are setting them up to be less able to know how to be safe in the future when we are not around to protect them. We want durable, resilient, sensible children who grow up to become durable, resilient, sensible adults.”

Want to learn more? Join Rusty and register for a Live Online webinar, “Assessing Appropriate Risk in Natural Outdoor Classrooms” on February 10, 2020.





Adventures in Risky Play
What is Your Yes?

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Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes? goes to the heart of risk-taking and children. As educators working with young children, we all have boundaries and feelings around what risky play is allowed. Rusty Keeler invites us to examine the cage of boundaries that we have created for ourselves and our children. He challenges us to rattle our cage and discover where the lines are movable. In our role as educators and caretakers, when we allow children to play and confront risk on their own terms, we see them develop, hold their locus of control and make choices on how to navigate the bumpy terrain of a situation. What better teaching tool for life is there?

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