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Life’s Too Short to be Boring, Say Parents Who Let 5-Year-Old Kid Swim With Sharks

By / 07.03.12

Elana and David Barnes have come under fire after the posted a video to YouTube of their 5-year-old daughter, Anaia, snorkeling with a few finned friends.

The video of Anaia in the water has proven to be anything but boring, provoking a fiery debate online about whether the Ridgefield, Conn., parents were irresponsible in placing their daughter in a potentially dangerous situation.

“When you are an adult, you are allowed to be as reckless as you want to be,” said Ericka Souter, editor of the Café Mom parenting website. “But as parents, it is our job to protect our kids from reckless and dangerous behavior.”

The Barnes say they researched the risks and decided it was worth it to nurture an adventurous spirit in their daughter. The sharks with which Anaia swam are said by animal experts to be rarely aggressive and she was with an instructor the entire time.

My parents never let me do sh*t. Life’s unfair.


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