This is a tough place for any parent to be. We want our kids to know their fears, to explore them, and understand them. And we want them to act appropriately, sometimes by charging ahead, other times with pause. But we don’t want to push too hard. Hailey has often expressed a fear of the ocean, but for no reason in particular. Part of me wanted to suggest we head back to our hotel room. But this was an opportunity she might never have again, and I wanted her to take advantage of it. I knelt down to her and brought her close.