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Old 08-03-2012, 12:14 PM   #9
R.A. Robertson
Dojo: Still Point Aikido Center
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 283
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Re: Conformity and the Bicycle Lesson

Conrad,

Great stories. As a father and parent (almost the same, but not exactly), it's so hard to know when to keep your children from harm and when to allow a measure of harm... in both cases so they can learn to engage the world safely, confidently, and aware of critical boundaries.

Our students are not (usually) our children, but there are parallels in how we guide those with lesser experience on a particular path. The trick here is to do so responsibly and without abdication of authority, while not becoming paternalistic.

Thanks for the comments!
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