Readers! Here’s a lovely little rant about raising brave kids by the “Nanny McPhee” (and, oh, Shakespeare) actress, Emma Thompson. It’s from an interview she did with BabyCenter. The whole interview is here. The rant is HERE:
On why ‘bravery’ is her favorite lesson Nanny McPhee teaches the children:
I think it’s good to be brave because then you’re also slightly more able to cope with failure and failure of course is your best friend in every regard really. Children are brave and they’re more likely to take risks and they’re more likely to learn really important lessons.
That’s really what I mean by being brave, you know. That we take care of our children very carefully and that’s absolutely right, but in certainly my culture children are being so, I think, stifled by sort of health and safety so that they’re not climbing trees anymore, they’re not taking risks, physical risks anymore.
My daughter lives in Scotland as well and she’s already fallen off cliffs and down gullies and so when she picks herself up and she says things like ‘well that’s a lesson learned,’ you know. That’s the only way she’s not going to go near the cliff edge again because she’s actually fallen off a small one. I think it’s the only way you really do learn how to look after yourself because just saying it, saying don’t go to the cliff edge ‘cause you might fall off and hurt yourself doesn’t cut the mustard. It just doesn’t.
‘Don’t go out with that boy because he will take your heart out of your mouth, fry it up with bacon and eat it’ won’t work because no one is going to listen. They don’t, you know that, we’re mommies, we know. So you’ve got to let them get hurt and you gotta let them fail and to do that you have to let them be brave.