My Daughter Will Be a Rock Climber

My daughter is a climber. She’s fearless. She will climb anything, and will get up pretty high. She has a very strong grip and sure footing. I think she’s going to be a rock climber.

Although she’s only four years old, she seems to have little trouble getting up anywhere. She played with a boy who was about a year older than her, and his father had him wearing a bicycle helmet to climb onto anything. But I noticed that my daughter climbs faster than him, and has far better technique.

You may ask if I’m afraid if she’s going to fall. Sure, I’m worried about if she falls, but I can’t hover around her. She needs to learn to be independent on the playground, make friends by herself, and resolve conflicts on her own. I’m not going to be the kind of parent who micromanages his child. I’ll make sure she knows when she’s doing something she shouldn’t be doing, like throwing sand or pushing other kids. I’ll let her climb up the slide backwards. Lots of kids do that, and it allows her to use the playground equipment in her own way. I’ll let her make her own mistakes. If she falls and gets a scrape, this only helps her learn. I sit back and just watch.

I want her to become independent, use her own judgment, and learn how to take care of herself. And maybe she will become an amazing rock climber.

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6 thoughts on “My Daughter Will Be a Rock Climber”

  1. I’m the same way. If they’re confident enough to get up there, they can get down from there. Both of my boys love climbing and will occasionally get in a spot where they think they’re stuck. I just tell them “if you got up there, you can get down from there.” Very very rarely do I help.

    1. My daughter can’t get up to the top of that playground equipment herself. Her arms aren’t long enough yet. I helped her get up, so I have to help her get down 🙂 But she still loves climbing.

    1. I’d climb Kilimanjaro with my daughter! That’s something I’d love to do. I plan on going up Mt. Fuji with my daughter and wife in about 10 years.

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