(Student Blog): Can parents go too far in supporting their children's dreams?

Early Show special contributor Ayla Brown spent time with a 13-year-old Jordan Romero hopes to be the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest

Jordan Romero, a teenage mountain climber, had already climbed the highest mountain on every continent by the age of 15! By the age of 13, he became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest! "Every step I take is finally toward the biggest goal of my life, to stand on top of the world," Jordan said on his blog. Jordan had the support of his father and stepmother who decided to climb with him. It took much training and discipline.

However, although many people supported Jordan and his family, it caused great controversy. Many argued that he was too young to take such a huge risk. They argued that climbing the high altitudes could be physically harming his young, growing body. One psychologist and expert even noted, “Most 13 year olds don’t have the wiring to make cognitive life-and-death decisions and are not truly able to understand what they’re signing up for.”  Other critics argued that he has his whole life to climb Mount Everest; the risks are so great that he could even die trying.

However, Jordan’s dad argued that they are fully aware of all the risks. " I feel good about what my parents taught me about setting goals," Jordan says. Now, he wants to spread that message to others.

Whose side are you on? Did Jordan's parents go too far in supporting his dream? What are your thoughts?


Mountains Conquered by Jordan Romero:

• Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak at 19, 340 ft. (age 10); 

• Mt. Kosciuszko, Australia's highest peak at 7,310 ft. (age 10)

• Mt. Elbrus, Europe's highest peak at 18,510 ft. (age 11)

• Mt. Aconcagua, South America's highest peak at 22,841 ft. (age 11)

• Mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak at 20,320 ft. (age 11)

• Carstensz Pyramid, Oceania's highest peak at 16,024 ft. (age 13)

• Mt. Everest, Asia's highest peak at 29,035 ft. (age 13)