I recently had a friend over at my house. We were sitting and chatting when I noticed that the sun was getting cloud covered and the house was starting to cool. So I began getting things ready to make a fire. DD gets super excited when I do this because she loves helping. So she helped. I allowed her to crumple the paper and put it in the fireplace, gather kindling and set up wood by the fireplace. She help me set it all up from start to finish. And then when the time came I lit a small stick and handed it to DD and together her and I started the fire.
I thought my friends eyes were about to pop out of her head as she watched. She was shocked that I allow my 2 year old help me start fires in the fireplace from start to finish. The way I see it is that she knows how to do most of it with supervision so why not let her do it? It is going to be something she needs to know how to do any way so start early, right?
What are some things you let your kids do that people find shocking? Or do you not allow your kids to do things that you think are too "big" for them? What age is the appropriate time for them to learn these things?