Let Your Child Take a Beating, It’s Good For Them

GIANT PANDA MOM GIVES CUB AN “AIRPLANE RIDE”When I was eight years old my family was living in Melbourne Beach, FL for a short time.  Standing on the balcony of our apartment, I remember looking down and seeing hundreds of small black dots scattered in a line down the beach.  After running down to see what was happening, I soon discovered how lucky I was – it was a sea turtle hatching.  Hundreds of new born baby sea-turtles were crawling out of their eggs and to the ocean.  Thinking I’d give them help, I began picking them up from the top of the beach and running them down to the break, relieving them of their struggle across the sands.

It wasn’t till later that I found out turtles lay their eggs at the top of the beach for a reason.  Once hatched, the baby turtle must make its way to the ocean.  This walk builds muscle and brain development necessary to them surviving in the wild.  Therefore, me trying to help them, trying to protect them from the long walk to the water, only resulted in a bunch of weak and dead turtles.  Sad story – I know.

When I see how parents protect their children, I often believe they behave similarly to me with the sea turtles.  Their children are shielded from all struggles, dangers, and adversity – not allowing a hair to be harmed on the little angles heads.  Like me, though, little do they know that they are just weakening them.

Take the title with a grain of salt, but it is valuable to knock your kids around a bit – in a playful way.  Just turn on Animal Planet sometime and watch lion cubs bite away at their mothers, baboons slap their babies, and K-9 puppies wrestle, do you think that this behavior is teaching them to be violent adults?  Every mammal in the kingdom allows their kids to fight from an early age – for some reason, though, humans have recently shunned fighting, both playful and not.  We worry that our kid may get…


About the author: Sebastian Scholl

My interests are extremely varied, as I am a musician, artist, athlete and scholar. Over my first 21 years I’ve had my artwork commissioned, performed music and dance publicly, become a nationally recognized athlete in multiple sports, critiqued film festivals, created a new style of photography, represented a major clothing brand and traveled around the world on more than one occasions. Born in Miami, Florida, my mother and father believed that developmental learning through travel was the highest quality education. Thus, my siblings and I were each home-schooled till the ninth grade. Wings ready or not, by then we were ready to leave the nest. Starting high school, I attended a boarding school for two years in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Here I developed an obsessive passion for whitewater kayaking. For my junior year, an opportunity arose that allowed me to travel for the year with my kayak, while staying on course academically; I never looked back. I soon found myself paddling the small creeks of southern Mexico to the colossal river valleys of western China. After the dream ended, though, I finished high-school back in Colorado at a public school, where I believe I had my first "normal" experience...ever. Since then I've spent my past three years at Boston University pursuing a life of opportunity, and have yet to rest in hopes of finding one that best suits me.

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