It's something we say all the time.
We shout it across the playground, in the middle of the living room, when we send our teens out for a night with friends. We've all got good intentions. We want our babies to be safe. We want them to be aware of the dangers around them and alert.
A few years ago, while reading Philippians 4:6, the words struck me at my core. "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God". For the first time in my life, I wondered if in my mommy worries, while I was trying to help my kids be safe, if I might also be sending them another message I didn't want to share.
When I saw this post on the Backwoods Momma blog, about what to say to kids instead of be careful, I knew I had to share. I can't say I'm really the outdoors type, but I bet I can trace that back to one too many be careful's in my own childhood. Josee, the author of this blog gives several specific techniques for keeping kids safe while letting them explore the world. She even offers a great printable about how to encourage your kids to be observant and problem solvers instead of worriers. It's brilliant! You can check out the post here, and let me know what you think about teaching kids to safely explore the world without fear in the comments below.