From my own personal experience I can tell you that risk taking builds confidence and a sense of daring. I benefited tremendously from a mother who encouraged me to take risks. When I was four, I remember Mum stopping the car a few miles from our house and telling me to find my own way home across the fields. Around that time, my aunt bet me ten shillings I couldn’t learn to swim on my own by the end of the weekend. You bet I found a way to get the prize. As a parent, you will offer incredible value to your children by encouraging them to take risks and putting them in position to meet challenges. The confidence and assertiveness rewards will help them tremendously with their life journeys.