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|Originally posted by LEmama
My 'not allowed' list looks a lot like yours - except we also don't allow the destruction of house plants/vegetable gardens. There is plenty they *can* pick in the yard without pulling up our seedlings!
I think it is great to allow children to experiment with as much as possible. When I start to interfere in my children's activities, I try to stop and ask myself -
Is this truly harmful to anyone/anything?
Does this limit *really* need to be imposed?
What does my comment/action seem like from his perspective?
Am I respecting and honoring this child and his work?
Always striving for balance...
|Originally posted by Mallory
Do you just let them destroy thier toys or when do you teach them to take care of them?
|Originally posted by dfoy
I don't think it's ever too early to start teaching respect. Respect for oneself, for people's bodies (physically hurting someone is not right, for example), for people's feelings, for property belonging to oneself or others, etc.
|Originally posted by DeAnna Lynn Britt
Dot.mom, hope that kind of shows where I'm coming from on the whole destruction issue. Premeditation kind of makes a difference to me.
|And therein lies the problem. When does repect for objects outweigh respect for our children exploring these objects to the extent of their abilities? I don't claim to have the answer.|
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