Bolivian boy’s impromptu journey lands him in Chile

This story about a Bolivian boy who stowed away on a truck to be found in Chikle is an example of how resourceful and determined a child can be. In a way, I think modern parents tend to underestimate what their own children are capable of doing, leading to worrying too much about exaggerated risks and being overprotective. That’s not to say this boy didn’t take on an irrational risk, because he didn’t really know better, but that’s just due to the ignorance of youth. I’m glad that this story has a happy ending, he and his mother are very lucky.

The 10-year-old clambered into a metal container beneath a transport truck thinking it would take him from Oruro in Bolivia’s Andean highlands to the city of Cochabamba, where his mother was jailed for three and a half years for transporting chemicals to make cocaine.

Bolivian boy who tried to find his mother ends up in Chile

Serenity Parenting Now!

I like his description of Serenity parenting, it matches how we are trying to raise our two sons. I still think I should make a t-shirt that says “My kid’s gonna enjoy soccer wether he likes it or not.”

But twin research has another far more amazing lesson: With a few exceptions, the effect of parenting on adult outcomes ranges from small to zero. Parents change kids in many ways; the catch is that the changes fade out as kids grow up.

Twin Lessons: Have More Kids. Pay Less Attention to Them. – Ideas Market – WSJ