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This is an informative and inspiring talk on TED. <a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/202" target="_blank">http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/202</a><br><br><br>
ETA: <i><b>Never ever</b> take apart a computer monitor or a television (unless it is LCD, those are safe) The Cathode Ray Tube (the glass part) is connected to a giant capacitor (think of it like an instant discharge battery) so that when you turn it on it will come on immediately. That capacitor has enough juice to kill you, and it can stay charged for months or years after the device is unplugged.<br><br>
Any appliance that goes "POP" when you turn it on, and uses a lot of electricity could have a capacitor. Electric Clothes Dryers for instance have 2 giant killer capacitors in them. Some very high end stereo equipment has big capacitors included as well, but those are much safer because they are usually only 12-24 volt, but they are still dangerous.</i><br><br><br>
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That brought back so man memories of my childhood, with fire and pocket knives, I think I was 9ish when I got my first knife. I was in guides and needed it for camping. I think I still have it actually. Maybe my son's 10th b-day I will give him one.<br><br>
My son proudly tells everyone how he drove my car. 2 winters ago it was stuck in the driveway so while he reversed it I pushed it out. OF course anyone who finds out condemns me but hey he got it out of th driveway, never hit anything and was SOOOOO proud lol<br><br>
Not sure about the whole spear throwing, think I will stick to baseballs. Then again as kids we had lawn darts lol
 

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I think he's right on target. I'm really bothered by the hyper-safety consiousness that seems to exist today. Showing kids how to use tools safely is important, of course, but I've found them to be quite competent when given the chance.
 

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Now I don't feel so weird that my oldest and I were recently out setting fires in the driveway, when she expressed the urge to do this.<br><br>
She just watched this talk with me, and got intrigued by the idea of taking apart old appliances (something she'd never expressed the desire to do before). So dh's given her some old keyboards to work with, and she's getting started right now.
 

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I agree with him. My brother and I did all that when we were kids. It's funny because I look back at what we did and wonder how my parents let us do all that and yet we were safe. We rarely got hurt (maybe because I was always worried we'd get in trouble, lol). But really we were allowed to do lots of stuff that I'm going to really have to work to let my kids do.
 

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DH shared that TED talk with me last week. Man, I LOVE that site <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have always encouraged my DD to play with matches, knives...but she has no interest in them.<br><br>
I like that site, though. Good stuff!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DH shared that TED talk with me last week. Man, I LOVE that site <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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My husband shared it with me a few weeks ago too, he's a TED junkie. He and our 6 year old and 4 year old then took apart our old coffee pot, they're waiting for something else to stop working now so they can take that apart too.
 

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So I'm not crazy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I plan on giving ds a pocket knife, he does play with fire, and he sits on DH's lap and drives the truck up our long driveway. I guess I need to find an old appliance.<br><br>
Would love to send DS to that school.
 

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Yep, when I was a kid we did things like lighting and stoking fires both in fire circles and wood stoves, chopping wood with hatchets and axes, climbing on large rocks and playing near steep cliffs, climbing tall trees, making play swords and fighting with them,we all had pocket knives, we all learned to drive when we were 13, we took things apart and built things, we used blow-torches, chain-saws and power tools.<br><br>
Of course some of those things I didn't do as a small child. I believe I got my very own pocket knife at age 8. I probably wasn't chopping wood with an axe till I was 10, chain sawing came at about 13, blow torches were used when I was about 10 as well. I helped my brother build a house when I was about 13 which meant standing on scaffolding, working on the roof and helping with power tools including saws.<br><br>
It's sad how protected and underestimated children are getting.<br><br>
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I am yet again, grateful that I spent so much time in the third world before I had dd, and raised her there too. it just kept me out of the hysteria of keeping kids "safe" that's so prevalent in the west, and we were in an environment where it was normal to let your 2 yo play with the machete. so we did. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Great timing on this. We just got the books <i>The Dangerous Book for Boys</i> and <i>The Daring Book for Girls</i> for our kids for Christmas. My son said the book says he needs a real pocket knife (with all the attachments; he has one with just a blade).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Great timing on this. We just got the books <i>The Dangerous Book for Boys</i> and <i>The Daring Book for Girls</i> for our kids for Christmas. My son said the book says he needs a real pocket knife (with all the attachments; he has one with just a blade).</div>
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I saw those books in the store, and thought they seemed dodgy for having seperated boys and girls, not to mention the message that boys can do "dangerous" stuff, while girls just get to be a bit "daring".<br>
but maybe I was judging a book by its cover! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I saw those books in the store, and thought they seemed dodgy for having seperated boys and girls, not to mention the message that boys can do "dangerous" stuff, while girls just get to be a bit "daring".<br>
but maybe I was judging a book by its cover! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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There have been lengthy discussions about these titles. I, personaly, think that way too much is read into the titles. I think that by placing so much meaning into a title takes away from what the books are really about....being kids and doing things that kids used to do. Anyway, I think the books are great and either book works for either sex.
 

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somehow I missed the debates about these books. But I can well imagine. Probably if I'd been able to flip through the pages, I might have a more informed opinion, but the books were shrink-wrapped in the store <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> I hate when they do that.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DH shared that TED talk with me last week. Man, I LOVE that site <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I dig ted, too.
 

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i am on a very slow connection - is the text of this talk available anywhere?<br><br>
also - is there a session of the tinkering school in 2008?
 
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