Yesterday, my three year old electrocuted himself. I'm pretty surprised this was the first time, honestly, and it dawned on me that what we are doing for discipline is clearly not working. We have very few rules here and they are pretty much all safety related (no electrocuting yourself) and respect related (kicking the babysitter is not okay). We have set up the environment in a way that we should have to say no less. There are actually only two electric sockets in the entire house that are accessible and both are in our bedroom. Other than that, there are dummy plugs in every one or lamps, etc. are plugged in behind other furniture so no access for little fingers. Since he was probably 15 months old, DS has taken every opportunity he has gotten, wherever we are, to try to unplug things and stick his finger in the socket. Yesterday, he pulled out a lamp cord and then touched the metal. Zap. Until recently, we typically told him "that is not safe. Please walk away" and then redirected him. We have explained a countless number of times WHY you don't want to stick your fingers in the sockets. That was not working, so even though we lean towards GD, we tried time out and cancelling a trip to the pet store (ie. he's grabbing for cord and I say that if he does not let go of the cord and walk away, we won't go to the pet store) and neither of those worked either. It is the same thing with hitting/kicking both DH and our babysitter.
Anyhow, I am out of ideas. I want to be able to tell my kid to keep his fingers out of the electric sockets, or that we only touch people gently and have him *listen.* Any ideas or suggestions welcome!