If my parents had raised me the same way now as they did in the 1970s and ’80s, I’m sure they would stand out like a sore finger.
I had quite a few responsibilities at home as well as a lot of freedom outside of it. I learned how to make simple meals, do laundry, clean the house, and go to the shops – all by the age of seven. My friends and I played under the Estate street lights until late into the evening; My siblings and I took public transport to school from class one!
I would not trade that freedom for the world.
I loved my adventures, and feel claustrophobic for children now, as the things I enjoyed have now been labelled “unsafe” or “risky”.
While it is easy to blame the media, as many do, for the current state of affairs, I think the situation is more complex and dynamic. The success of media in triggering parental worry is probably because of how we define and view risk. “Risk” in everyday life refers to hazards, chances, probabilities, possibilities, victims, and decision-making or actions that we think are wrong; perhaps more importantly, risk commonly invokes images of terrible consequences.
It’s not unreasonable that, where children are concerned, our collective tolerance for risk is near-zero. But zero-risk is impossible to achieve.We seem to expect that the modern world, with its science and technology, its regulators and safety bureaucracies, should guarantee our safety and security.
However, we ought to know that most of the risks we and our children are exposed to can be mitigated by various forms of insurance packages; that take care of any pre-defined eventualities.
These range from maternity covers, infant health insurance covers for both inpatient as well as outpatient services; education, liability, life, as well as domestic workers’ health insurance. This is in addition to other office-related insurance packages.
Look out for this column for further info on how insurance can support you in your journey of life; and provide you with the much-needed peace of mind to take firm strides; without having to look over your shoulder constantly.
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Life is a risk worth taking!
Agnes Wanjiru- funky mom.