Got this to try to calm my wife down as she is a little worried that the big bad world will do for our boy. This is a book that reminds us that when I grew up in the 80s we didn't worry or panic so much and yet we all are alive. I have done some of the things already, fixed the car and cut a tree down with my 3 year old but this book gave me ideas for smaller more accessible ideas.
The book did leave me realising my own inability to explain how things really work but a great book and one that means my boy is already learning to size up danger and risk.
A good little book; although it is more of an essay. This is good, old-fashioned common sense the way most of us reading this review were probably raised. I would perhapse draw the line at sending my kids out hunting with guns and live ammo! Sadly, as the health and safety culture has ballooned in response to our greedy litigation culture and judges have lost all sense of good judgement in this area, we've managed to rob our children of a normal childhood. Surely, our Western culture will be much poorer as a result. This book exposes the awful truth of how our fear culture has created a straightjacket for our kids. My one criticism is that it is too brief and does stop short of helping us understand how we might now get out of this mess.
This book is a useful summary of key issues around perceived risks and dangers in our society. It is a quick read with simple quotes and statistics. As I work outdoors with children and teachers, I'm constantly faced with fears and concerns. Having the book on Kindle means it's easy for me to show and hopefully alleviate some of the worries of those who work with children.