Our expert says:
Ja makes an excellent point. It is far more dangerous for a child to UNDERestimate the risks of life ; but very uncomfortable for him m( and embarasing for his Dad ) for him to over-estimate them. A child psych could probably help him to get these risks in proportion ; to look for and appreciate safety factors and preautions, as well as risks. I wonder whether he shows signs in other contexts of blowing some issues out of proportion, to the extent that he feels helpless facing them, rather than more accurately assessing risks and resources and recognizing how to cope with both what is and what might be
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