We live with my husband's parents. They have vertical blinds in a few areas that I can't stop my son from going (common areas). We don't want him to play with the blinds because he could break them or get hurt. Some of the slats have been broken already (not by him) and are delicate. When he plays with the blinds I get down to his level and tell him to stop and that he could get hurt or break them. Now he's only 16, almost 17 months old so I'm not sure how much he's absorbing. Some days he ignores the blinds completely and some days he can't stop playing with them. I feel like a broken record (I'm totally show my age with that metaphor) telling him to stop all the time. I don't want to lose my temper and yell at him and I SURE don't want to hit him. I also don't want to say, "No," for fear he'll stop hearing the word "No" by the time he's 2.
Do you have any suggestions?