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Re: Practical safety and security advice
In my experience--limited, but I have taken many groups of kids sailing and rock climbing--is to make it clear that daredevil behavior will get you un-included from fun stuff when such behavior is a safety hazard. I make sure being un-included is an uncool experience, not one that earns rebel points or attracts attention. They will simply be ignored. I make sure the kids get positive attention for everything else. I make it clear that I sail and climb all the time and don't really care if we go home. I do NOT extend this discipline to non-safety related behaviors so that it is clear that it is NOT about me being in charge. There is only safe or not-included.
Perhaps poorly worded. But the point is to make sure the kid understands there is a clear difference between safety problems and other discipline. They need to understand that with safe behavior they get to do really fun, cool stuff, and that with unsafe behavior they cannot not be included, not because we are angry, but because it is impossible. Make safe more fun than daredevil.
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