07 March, 2024

CDS Director’s Blog: The Panther Press

CDS Director’s Blog: The Panther Press - 07 CDS Directors Blog
Embracing Risk, Fear, and Excitement in Child Development: A Call to Reflect

As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of education, it is crucial that we remain attuned to the latest research and discussions surrounding child development. Today, I am writing to draw your attention to a thought-provoking article that sheds light on a crucial aspect of our children's upbringing—titled "Why Children Need Risk, Fear, and Excitement." 

The article, authored by Mariana Brusson, explores the essential role that risk, fear, and excitement play in a child's holistic development. It delves into the profound impact of these elements on cognitive, emotional, and social growth. In an era where the landscape of parenting and education is rapidly changing, this piece prompts us to consider how our current approach may inadvertently be limiting our children's potential. 

I urge each member of our community, especially parents, to take the time to read this enlightening article: Linked here. It provides valuable insights into the ways in which children benefit from exposure to risk, the healthy development of fear, and the importance of excitement in their lives. The implications discussed in the article are profound and prompt us to reflect on the choices we make as parents and educators. 

In recent times, there has been a notable shift in parenting styles and educational practices, often leaning towards overprotection and risk aversion. While the intention behind such choices is undoubtedly rooted in love and concern for our children's safety, it is crucial to weigh the long-term consequences of shielding them from every potential risk and challenge. 

As the Director of Country Day School, I believe it is our collective responsibility to foster an environment that strikes a balance between safety and the essential elements of risk, fear, and excitement. The article highlights the importance of allowing children to experience controlled challenges, face fears, and revel in the thrill of excitement—all of which contribute significantly to their growth and resilience. 

I encourage you to engage in conversations about the implications of the article within your families, with fellow parents, and with our dedicated teaching staff. As we aim to provide the best possible education for our students, it is essential to stay informed and open-minded about the evolving landscape of child development. 

We should partner as a community to consider how we can collectively shape an educational environment that fosters the well-rounded development of our children. 

Thank you for your commitment to the Country Day School community, and I look forward to navigating this journey of exploration and growth together.