A nation of risk takers?

Now, I consider myself a bit of a goody-two-shoes. I was reasonably well behaved as a child and whilst I went through the torrid teenage angst, I never ran away, have never really dabbled in drugs (other than alcohol and the odd pack of Marlboro Lights), and have never been in trouble with the law.

The other day I saw an adult cycling along a country lane without a helmet and it got me thinking.  Are we a nation of risk takers?  As a parent to an almost 4-year old, rather than become even more risk adverse, I think maybe I am now even more of a dare-devil!

And here’s why:

  • I rush to work and to home (driving a little worse than I used to)
  • I barely exercise and eat copious amounts of chocolate even though I used to love staying healthyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • I have the 5-second rule, ok, the 15-second rule and don’t batter an eyelid
  • Frequently I forget to remind my daughter to wash her hands before dinner
  • I don’t always wash fruit and veg before I or my family eat it
  • I send my daughter to nursery with a coat, but always forget the gloves and the hat
  • Twice I’ve let my daughter go to bed without brushing her teeth
  • kitchen-1542971-640x480The kitchen regularly looks like a bomb-site and there are crumbs on the work-surface that may end up walking themselves to the bin
  • I never sterilised or washed my daughter’s toys. (I might have once rubbed a wet-wipe over Sophie after she had been slobbered over by a teething toddler friend a few years ago)
  • I stare at a screen for over 8 hours a day with poor posture
  • I sometimes cook food that has a use-by date of the previous day

But, you know what? Our family are doing just fine. We’re pretty happy and thankfully healthy and if a few risks and corner-cutting mean I can juggle motherhood, a career, a blogging hobby and a relationship then I’m high-fiving the dare-devil in me.  Remember, nobody’s perfect.

What little risks do you take that you always feel a little guilty about?



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Amelia Salisbury

A thirty-something working Mum of one who devotes her spare time to helping other paranoid, worrying, stressed parents who are trying to juggle careers and parenthood.

14 thoughts on “A nation of risk takers?”

  1. I do all of these things, and I refuse to feel guilty about it (although I do sometimes worry when my mother starts haranguing me about pesticides on fruit). If we never took any risks, we’d never do anything! #KCACOLS

  2. I feel like I also do pretty much all of these on occasion. And was not a risk taker growing up much like you. I agree sometimes you do these things to get through the day. I’m about to eat a pint of ice cream myself. #KCACOLS

  3. I’m high-fiving you too. Particularly as I do those things too! You made me laugh for being so normal. The 15 second rule will out! Thank you for sharing with #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back on Sunday.

  4. I definitely do not cross the road in a the manner in which I was taught. I pretty much ignore most of the green cross code. #kcacols

  5. I do all of these too…. And let my 2year old climb on things he shouldnt… And probably lots of other things I don’t even notice any more eeek!
    Great post! #KCACOLS

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