Why Kids Need To Have Reasonable Risk-Taking Ability


  1. Being a parent, you would always look for the ways to comfort your child and keep him/her away from the harm’s way. But it’s also the matter to be concerned about that if a child is kept away from the challenges, how would he be able to tackle bigger challenges in the practical life?
  2. If you are willing to raise responsible and capable kids, you will need to give them the opportunities which could give them some risks and challenges. If your child is naturally fond of taking risks and you keep him away from talking even the minor risks, he may not be able to identify difference safety and danger. Hence, he may end up being on the harm’s side. Therefore, encouraging the children to take some necessary age-appropriate risks can help them overcome their fears, and they get ready to face the bigger challenges while striving to come out victorious.
  3. Some benefits which risk-taking kids can receive are worth mentioning here.
  4. Independent thinking and self-reflection

  5. When a child faces a risky scenario, it pushes to child to make a decision about taking that risk. This decision making process triggers the thinking process which lets the child evaluate the situation and the outcome of the risk. It also enables the kid to look at the possible loos or injury if the risk taking practice ends up in a failure. This entire thinking process doesn’t take more than a few seconds. Success can help the kid to gain valuable confidence, while failure lets the kid to rethink about the right way to get success. In other words, risk taking encourages the kid to develop better strategies.
  6. Improvement in safety awareness and strength

  7. When children take risks, they are more capable to get the better motor skills developed. The neurological system of the kids is never a developed one. It means that it requires some sensory inputs to reach the next level towards completion. If that sensory input is the healthy one which contains calculated risk taking data, the neurological system gets programmed this way. Hence, the child learns about the risks and the ways to stay safe while taking those risks. This is what can call development of strength.
  8. Social skill development

  9. While kids take some of the risks individually, there are a lot of situations which require kids to interact with each other to develop effective plans to go through the situation. Hence, risk-taking habit can help a child to build connections with other kids at school or in the park. This connection development later helps them to become socially responsible persons.
  10. Avoiding unnecessary risks

  11. Do you want your children to stay safe from the harmful conditions which get created due to unnecessary risk-taking? You need to give your children the opportunity to take reasonable risks. This way, the children will get aware about the actions and the consequences of those actions. Hence, they will have better analysis skills to take necessary risks to get the tasks done without having any losses.
  12. Let kids take risks: Griffin Longley at TEDxPerth