12 Formative Years in a Child’s Life
Whether a child grows to be a dangerous child or just a ditzy party girl (or worse) depends largely upon the choices to which she is exposed during her formative years. Very few children will lie dormant all those years. Give them the opportunities to learn about the world and their unique interests in the world, and set them up to run with the knowledge and skills they will acquire.
The brain is a hungry hunter. The growing, developing brain is a particularly hungry hunter which is capable of feeding upon a wide range of conceptual fodder. The mind grows up to resemble the things it ingests, digests, and incorporates into the mental machinery.
12 years is plenty of time for a child to begin to become very dangerous — in many good ways. Don’t waste that time.
The above is taken from a 2012 posting on the original Al Fin Next Level blog, alfin2101.blogspot.com
That blog contains a Dangerous Child archive of articles. Some of the older articles have been adapted to The Dangerous Child blog here, but many have not been.