Let kids face fears


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

CRISTY Burne be­lieves that chil­dren should be al­lowed to fail in or­der to rise again.

This is a theme that is ex­plored in the Vic­to­ria Park and Curtin Univer­sity’s School of Ed­u­ca­tion lec­turer’s fifth pub­lished book To The Light­house.

“It’s about two kids who meet on Rot­tnest Is­land and see some­thing in each other that they wish they were,” she said.

“They be­come pretty dar­ing and they start to spread their wings and be­come in­de­pen­dent peo­ple.

“Rot­tnest Is­land is a gor­geous and ad­ven­tur­ous play­ground.

“You can ride your bike around and go on ad­ven­tures.

“I grew up on a farm in New Zealand where I played in the river or jumped in drains.

“On Rot­tnest Is­land you can do that. It’s a bit like go­ing back in time.”

Ms Burne said she be­lieved it was im­por­tant to let kids be kids.

“They should be al­lowed to fail or fall and scrape their knees,” she said.

“In the end you re­alise it’s not the end of the world and they get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of ev­ery­thing around them.

“Some of the world’s most suc­cess­ful peo­ple have failed.

“If you don’t let them face their fears, then they be­come fear­ful.”

Ms Burne’s pre­vi­ous nov­els in­volved much more fan­tasy com­pared to her lat­est book.

“Pre­vi­ously I wrote fiction about Ja­panese myth­i­cal mon­sters but this book is con­tem­po­rary fiction,” she said.

The book will be launched at Toys in the Park on July 22 and also at the Awe­some Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber.

Ms Burne also writes sci­ence articles for Crin­kling News, a news­pa­per aimed at young peo­ple.

“Writ­ing for Crin­kling News has been great,” she said.

“It’s specif­i­cally for young peo­ple but it takes out sen­sa­tional or ter­ri­fy­ing parts.”

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