Raising an Explorer: Erika Bergman

The National Geographic Explorer, submarine pilot, and engineer gives her tips on inspiring children to explore.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FAMILY: How did you explore as a child?

ERIKA BERGMAN: I had the benefit of living on a big, wide-open farm in Hawaii. I could take a horse and a dog and a machete with me, and as long as I was home by dinnertime, I could do anything I wanted. And I would go and really get myself into trouble—but with only myself to rely on, I would get out of that trouble. It instilled a real sense of self-confidence, independence, and self-reliance.

NGF: Why do you think it's important for children to explore?

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