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How to Leave a Legacy of Life. Unafraid


I read this post about raising brave kids by Jen Hatmaker a few weeks ago, and it kind of messed me up. I read her words like, “I want to have to say to my sons, “Only boys would think something like this up,” and pretend to be put out when really I’m enamored.”

And my heart got all excited as I remembered how I used to think I wanted five little boys so I would be forced to be that kind of mom. Because I admire such motherhood bravery.

The kind that teaches unafraid and risk-taking. And lets her kids actually live.

I’ve always wanted to be a mom who doesn’t hold my kids back for fear of something bad happening.

It sounded awesome. Until my daughter climbed to the top of that reeeeaaaallly tall slide at the age of six, and all my mind could see was a paralyzed kindergartner in a full body cast for a year.

The truth is, I haven’t been good at teaching my kids unafraid until recently. In fact, He’s used this time in the land of Deutsch to show me the amazing of kids who live unafraid.


He has given me a new legacy to leave for my children.

The legacy of life. Unafraid.

We’re talking about it today over at my friend, Becky’s blog. Join us? Why not poke around a little while you’re over there? She’s doing a series this month and next about the legacies we leave. Good stuff.

Come on over . . .


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4 Thoughts on “How to Leave a Legacy of Life. Unafraid

  1. That’s a tough one, cause when your kids get hurt (or other people’s kids get hurt when they’re in your care, even worse) the good intention to raise them fearless can go right out the window. But the fact is, it doesn’t matter how protective you are, we live in a world ruled by gravity and people can get hurt. Or sick, or be the victim of a crime. We live in a fallen world, and bad things happen. Beyond common sense diligence, there’s just no point in living in fear.

  2. Don’t beat yourself up too much. I have a son, he’s 6, and every time I see him on top of anything – I begin to question its structural integrity – and I am the dad.

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