SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR CHILD SOMEPLACE DANGEROUS?

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SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR CHILD SOMEPLACE DANGEROUS?

  1. 1. SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR CHILD SOMEPLACE DANGEROUS?
  2. 2. Should you take your child someplace where the water is not safe?
  3. 3. Where they could be injured far from an English-speaking doctor
  4. 4. Someplace where the police might take bribes?
  5. 5. Yes
  6. 6. And it might save their life when they are a teenager.
  7. 7. My wife Katharine and I have gone on five church mission trips with our daughters: three times to Mexico and twice to Guatemala.
  8. 8. Our first trip was a short hop across the border to Juarez for two days. Twenty-one children, twenty parents and one grandparent built two houses.
  9. 9. The homes had three rooms, each 12 feet by 12 feet. Our younger daughter had just turned seven.
  10. 10. I don’t know which was scarier: Watching my 7 year-old climb up on the roof with a hammer or…
  11. 11. Or watching her run around, playing with barefoot children who lived in packing crates in the desert.
  12. 12. Nine years later, when she was a senior in high school, and we chaperoned 60 American high school students on a mission trip to Mexicali.
  13. 13. These two busloads of teens came home with a changed view of life.
  14. 14. They are less concerned about designer jeans.
  15. 15. They are less worried about their problems—which somehow seem smaller.
  16. 16. How can short trips like these save your child’s life?
  17. 17. How can trips that immerse our children into a world with less safety and comfort actually protect them?
  18. 18. Because it builds compassion
  19. 19. It builds character.
  20. 20. Because it inoculates them from consumerism
  21. 21. Because it helps protect them from depression
  22. 22. Is playing on an unpaved Mexicali road safer than the keys to your car on a Saturday night?
  23. 23. Take your child someplace dangerous and find out.

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