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Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) Paperback – 11 Dec 2009


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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Tinkering Unlimited (11 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984296107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984296101
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 892,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By mcah on 20 Mar 2010
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Despite the title, this book is not about getting your children to take stupid risks. It is about allowing them to learn to handle risk and danger in a safe and responsible way and at an appropriate time for their maturity. It is a definitive backlash against all the modern overprotection of children promoted by lawyers, Health and Safety Departments and hyped up by the press.

Many of the activities are normal things that many many parents did as children and survived. The books premise is that it is safer to allow children to learn about risk in a controlled environment so that they can learn to assess it and make informed decisions, rather than wrapping them in bubble wrap and making them afraid of everything and hence incompetent and more likely to hurt themselves through inexperience.

It also, rightly points out the extent to which overprotecting stunts a sense of discovery and learning.
This is an absolute breath of fresh air.

Surprisingly, all parents I have met who have bought this are delighted. It seems to have 'given people permission' to allow their kids to do things that parents have been too afraid to allow them to do because they felt everyone would condemn them for it. Now they can finally breathe and say that yes, why shouldn't their kids wittle with a penknife like we all used to...as long as they are taught how. Of course they might cut themselves but so did we and the vast majority of us lived to tell the tale. Never mind the fact that learning that you survive cuts, bumps and bruises is also a valuable lesson.

Buy it. None of it is amazingly dangerous. There are careful prep recommendations and much of it is just plain old fashioned kids experimenting and discovering but in a controlled environment.
This book needs 30 stars.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Robertson on 4 Feb 2010
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This book is naughty and fun. It makes the risks explicitly clear in a tongue-in-cheek manner. It begins with licking a 9V battery and continues in a similar vein, discussing the delights of standing on roofs, the challenge of undertaking routine activities with your finger and thumb superglued together and top tips for exploding a bottle in a freezer.

My 13-year old son thought this book was brilliant. My husband panicked. But not for long. After reading it through he declared that the "Diving into a dumpster" was forbidden and was relieved to see that smoking a cigarette was not featured.

Interestingly, the author self-published this book from scratch, demonstrating the "can-do" enterprising ethic from start to finish. I really enjoyed the style and presentation. My reason for not giving this book a 5 star rating is simply that I don't think some of the activities are particularly dangerous if you follow the guidance in the book. But this book would make a good present for a parent or a child over 9 years old.
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By Ali on 1 April 2013
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Brilliant book, full of good 'old fashioned' things for kids to do. From simple things like putting your hand out of a car window when its moving, to more 'dangerous' things like using sharp knives, and fun things like poisoning your friends!

full of the sort of things we used to do ourselves as kids, before we had electronic games to keep us safe indoors.... feed their minds!
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By Dorota H on 5 Aug 2014
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I love this book. As a parent myself now, I seem to forget how it is/was, to be a child. The adventure, the curiosity, the unknown. This book is a good reminder of the past for me ;)
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