How do we provide kids relative safety alongside freedom in exploration? The importance of experimenting with the unknown, which sometimes includes reasonable risks, is important to their emotional, psychological and physical development.
Frequently, especially in Western culture, there is a tendency toward containing and even avoiding emotion. This is particularly true with less socially acceptable and uncomfortable emotions such as sadness, anger and frustration. What is often overlooked, however, is that emotions are and always have been an essential component to our overall evolution and that expression allows for additional possibilities to emerge and, ultimately, growth to occur.