Playing with Knives


I haven’t had a chance to keep up with blogs until the last few days or so. It has been good catching up and reading what people have been up to. One of my favorite blogs/websites is called Free Range Kids, which is also the subject of a new book which I will be buying shortly:


Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry

The excerpt below is from the Free Range Kids blog.

Link to this topic HERE.

Mini Free-Range Outrage Involving a Kitchen Utensil

Posted on September 22, 2009 by lskenazy

Hi Folks — This just in from a town outside of Georgia. (That’s the American Georgia, for all our international readers!) A “Webelo Scout” is a youngster on the cusp between Cub and Boy Scout.

My son is Webelo scout and earned his whittling chit last year.  This year I volunteered at the district day camp and led the Bear den.  When it came time for the boys to earn their whittling chit, the instructor showed them all the proper ways to handle the knife and then — he handed them each a potato peeler!

It was pathetic.  So all of the boys who were there earned the whittling chit without ever once touching a pocket knife.  I am so glad my son earned his the old fashioned way!  We are also lucky to belong to a pack that believes in Free-Range scouts!  If you can find a pack or troop like this, then scouting can be a great experience!

Agreed. And I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to whittle with a potato peeler. It’s like knitting with a fork. – Lenore

As for me, Garrett will definitely learn how to use a knife. So will my daughter. In fact, they both will own pocket knives. Cami all ready has a sling shot and loves it!

Here is a link to a post I wrote on this topic awhile back:

Where have all the children gone?



  1. chrissy ellsworth · September 25, 2009

    I want that book.
    I totally agree. Ted tv has a lot of clips about education how schools are killing creativity. There was also a clip about dangerous things you should let your kid do

  2. Jessica #2 · September 24, 2009

    awesome!!!…..i just read “boys should be boys” and loved it….we are, as a culture, systematically removing all the things that actually made our own childhood so rewarding and fun….

  3. Angi · September 24, 2009

    I couldn’t agree with you more! My oldest got to have his own pocket knife, when he turned 10, after learning how to use one and recognizing it is a tool, not a toy. He also received his first rifle, that is HIS size.

    Then next one is 7 and so far hasn’t had any interest. We’ll see, next spring, if he shows some interest closer to his birthday.

    They are also allowed to climb trees (even though my 4 year old tried to fall 10 feet), stand on top of the monkey bars and even explore places where getting hurt is possible.

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