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  string(1410) "I’ve just had an awesome long weekend with my extended family at the family farm. The sun was out, the spring blossoms were in full bloom and there was plenty of good food and wine. Perfect.

My brother in law is an intensive care paramedic and he had all seven kids (ages 2-5) abseiling down the balcony – as you do.

His 3 boys are pretty fearless with that sort of stuff but I thought my little 4 year old girl might, quite naturally, resist throwing herself over a balcony with a 20 foot drop.

So, being the supportive father that I am, I said to my girl “Darling, it doesn’t matter if you can do it or not, just try your best” – sage advice I thought. I was rounded on by my 3 nephews who started chanting (Yoda style) Do or Do Not – there is no try!”

I’ve often thought it’s the right thing to do to gently encourage my kids rather than force them but I’ve been taught by three munchkins with a collective age of 10 that there’s a third way – Yoda’s way.

Of course she needed no other motivation – over she went, she flew down the wall as well or better than the boys, landing and calling out “can I have another go!”

Do or Do Not – there IS no try. I think there’s something in that for all of us."
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I’ve just had an awesome long weekend with my extended family at the family farm. The sun was out, the spring blossoms were in full bloom and there was plenty of good food and wine. Perfect.

My brother in law is an intensive care paramedic and he had all seven kids (ages 2-5) abseiling down the balcony – as you do.

His 3 boys are pretty fearless with that sort of stuff but I thought my little 4 year old girl might, quite naturally, resist throwing herself over a balcony with a 20 foot drop.

So, being the supportive father that I am, I said to my girl “Darling, it doesn’t matter if you can do it or not, just try your best” – sage advice I thought. I was rounded on by my 3 nephews who started chanting (Yoda style) Do or Do Not – there is no try!”

I’ve often thought it’s the right thing to do to gently encourage my kids rather than force them but I’ve been taught by three munchkins with a collective age of 10 that there’s a third way – Yoda’s way.

Of course she needed no other motivation – over she went, she flew down the wall as well or better than the boys, landing and calling out “can I have another go!”

Do or Do Not – there IS no try. I think there’s something in that for all of us.

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