Good post. Bruce Schneier probably has something similar to say on a lot of these topics. Teaching our kids to be afraid of everything definitely has consequences. A lot of things we casually do – like eating while driving, are far more likely to have severe consequences than letting them walk to school.
Hilary Archbold is a mother, grad student, and bicycle commuter in Ann Arbor. I love this quote because this summer I watched bicycle balance “click” with my own son:
My daughter was a very shaky beginning bicyclist when we got to the island, and by the end of the week made the eight mile trip around the rim of the island with aplomb. She had such a sense of accomplishment; it was great to see.