Risk-taking behavior has numerous advantages and disadvantages regarding children. Determining when your child may be going to far, and becoming a danger to the themselves, is your responsibility as a parent. In order to live life, it is essential that we proceed in taking risks in order to become responsible, successful individuals. If we as people never took a risk, we would not know how to swim, drive, or cook.
Risk-taking behavior in children is beneficial in that it will promote mental growth. People learn from their mistakes, and if mistakes and risks were never taken, where would we be today? Risk-taking behavior involves being confident in yourself that you can accomplish the feat. Of course, every possible outcome should be considered before taking a risk.
Risk-taking behavior promotes bravery and a sense of fearlessness. Many people in our society have difficulty taking any risks in life, and sadly enough, most do not lead successful lives. Individuals who are systematically afraid of taking a risk, that could be something as minimal as speaking their mind, do not tend to get many promotions in their careers or for that matter their lives. Many people who do not apply for a job that they know they could perform, simply because they fear that they will be rejected.
Risk-taking behavior has many sobering disadvantages along with the benefits. An individual who participates in far too many risks can be a danger to themselves as well as other individuals. A child who participates in far too many risk-taking behaviors, can be a time bomb waiting to explode. Many children seem to be fearless, but when they are placing themselves in harms way, it can result in devastating events. All too often children take the risk of walking or riding their bikes into the streets, and end up getting hit by a vehicle. Children should know their limits and rules, and should always be supervised, especially when playing outside.
Allow your children take risks, be be aware of the dangers they could face by making these risk-taking decisions. Many times the lesson is well worth the risk, but it is not worth the risk, if it is risking the very safety of your children. Weigh the possible advantages and disadvantages before making a decision on whether of not to allow your child to take a risk. At times, it can be difficult to allow your child to do something that we know has consequences, whether they are mental or physical, but this is how we as humans learn to live.