As my son was chatting away upstairs, the drift of his self talk entered my consciousness. The bath was done. He had dried the floor and now he was going to dry the ceiling. I was still processing that when I heard something about a stool. I heard something being dragged. I had the vivid picture of a wobbly, plastic stool in a slippery bathtub tipping my kiddo through the glass shower door in a grand, shattering explosion. I voiced my concerns. My son was clear that such things wouldn't happen. I then had an epiphany, we discussed my new concept of an "unsafe test".
I described an "unsafe test" as a test where something so dangerous could happen that we couldn't even try it. My kiddo is definitely in the dare devil, experimenter group and his idea of dangerous and mine may differ. We had a little chat that evening about things like running across the street in front of a car (even if he was sure he wouldn't be hit) and left it at that for the evening.
Next day, I thought we could enforce this useful concept! I gathered some pictures.
Rock climbing without safety gear? He decided the gear made this a safe test.
The grand finale...
I'll admit my jaw dropped when I turned around from saying good bye to friends to find him on top of my car?!?!? I had to admit this in the safe test category though; he's just a solid climber!
So... if you happen to have a dare devil too, I hope you find the idea of safe / unsafe test useful. I'm thinking it will become a regular concept to review in our household :)