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

Lais,Greg_descWe 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? This week’s Mom Enough guest, Greg Lais, talked about nature being “neutral.” What did he mean by that and why does that make nature a good place for children to build competence? Leave a comment below!


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