Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pocketknives – The Dreaded Question

In almost every little boy’s life there will come a day when he asks, “Mom, dad, can I have a pocketknife?” If you’re anything like me, my first instinct was to say, “When you’re 18.” That’s not what happened, though. We put our sons in Boy Scouts, where they learned knife safety, the right ways to hold and carry a knife and the importance of proper care. Of course, we don’t let them use their knives unsupervised (not even the seventh grader), but I really think that owning a knife (after proper training) is a way to introduce greater responsibility and build a feeling of independence in our kids.

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