I heard a quote about parenting that goes something like this, “You have to tell your children ‘no’ most of the time so say ‘yes’ any time you can”. I think credit goes to Dr. James Dobson. I practice that philosophy by saying ‘yes’ anytime I can with my girls. When I see them writing on their arms with pen, I laugh and say it looks nice. When they play in the mud, I get out the water hose and wait for them to finish. And when my 8 year old daughter asked for a knife, I decided it was time to say ‘yes’.
I let her select the knife, with my guidance. We bought one that fit her hand and was made in the USA. I sharpened it up and proceeded to show her how to handle it safely. Once I let her go with her knife and a nice chunk of softwood, she started having fun with it. I watched her work for the first few minutes to give her instruction and she did great. I told her there was a boat trapped in that block and she needed to find it. That will take a while.
For anyone who thinks I’m reckless, my 5 year old daughter wants a knife like her big sister but I am telling her ‘no’ a little longer.