Swing from a crooked tree

I really needed to hear this today. The person behind the sentiment is children's book author Dallas Clayton. I discovered Clayton while browsing yet another of my favourite bloggers, Danielle of Sometimes Sweet, who reads Clayton's books to her baby boy Henry.

Clayton wrote his first book for his son. It was about dreaming big and never giving up. Now he's a bona fide author, and a philanthropist to boot, giving away books and reading to children all over the world.

And how about today's quote?

I don't know about you, but sometimes I am so afraid of the potential for danger that I miss out on the very real potential for joy. My girls are lucky that I inherited them half grown, or it's entirely possible they could have spent their childhoods in a bubble.

What is an acceptable risk? How do you balance safety with adventure? For yourself? For your children?