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Facing Challenge, Building Competence: Insights from Wilderness Inquiry’s Greg Lais

We love our children and we hate to see them struggle, right? But are we harming them in the long run by making things too easy for them? Greg Lais, founding director of Wilderness Inquiry, thinks so and has spent the past 35 years taking people of all ages and abilities into nature to meet real challenges, build confidence through competence and discover new possibilities in themselves. You won’t want to miss Greg’s rich discussion with Marti & Erin, which may change your thinking about the real gifts you can give your children, whether they are toddlers or teens.


Why do you think it’s important for children to face challenges in order to build competence and confidence? What is the down side of making things too easy for your children? Share your thoughts in the REPLY space below!


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  1. Jeffrey Willius on May 20, 2013

    Greg’s and WI’s work with adventurers of all abilities has been impressive enough, but their more recent initiatives in reaching kids in the inner city are brilliant. They’ve put WI at the vanguard of the Children & Nature movement. I’m a big fan!

  2. Marti Erickson on May 23, 2013

    I’m with you, Jeff; fantastic organization! Thanks for following Mom Enough and for adding your enthusiastic comment about WI’s excellent work.