# VIII Commandment… continues

VIII: Never pass on your fears.

Too many a “be careful!” comment or too many a “Don’t do that!” shout, when the worst case risk isn’t actually going to lead to death or serious injury results in a kid who is scared of the world.

Don’t hover!

There are far worse things than risking a couple of stitches or a broken wrist from “allowing” kids to really play in the real world.

A kid who grows up feeling safer staring at a screen than wandering the neighborhood or climbing a tree is a deprived abused child.

(to be continued in this space tomorrow…)

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Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back .

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