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#1 of 4 Old 05-14-2003, 03:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Oh My! My little Goo is getting it!

We have our living room pretty childproof, except there is a slate hearth to our fireplace. Well, Goo thinks this is the greatest (gratest! ) thing. I have been letting her crawl all over the room and playing with everything EXCEPT the hearth. I wait until she gets to touching the hearth and then I pick her up, tell her "no, Goo, that isn't safe. It's off-limits" and then we move to one of her toys.

I did this for two days and then she was playing while I was reading (she was first very interested in Mom's book until she didn't see any pictures). She crawled to her toys and looked at me. I waved and we talked. She then crawled towards the fireplace. She looked back at me. I raised an eyebrow and watched her. She smiled, looked longingly at the fireplace and then moved on to a gate to climb on!

I know there are times that she will try this again and we will continue to simply move her, repeat that is it off limits and go to a toy, but she is learning! She is avoiding something that is dangerous, I haven't yelled or anything like that! Yippie!

My first real GD attempt is working and I am feeling good about it!
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What's GD?

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GD=Gentle Discipline!

My sister and parents would smack a child's hand to teach them to stay away from something. I want to teach her things without hitting, so I am starting early...

I hope I can stick to it. My DH was never spanked as a child so I have a lot of support from him.
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GD=Gentle Discipline!

My sister and parents would smack a child's hand to teach them to stay away from something. I want to teach her things without hitting, so I am starting early...
Yep. The only thing a child learns from that kind of situation is that you are bitch. Keep up the good work.

BTW. You might consider letting your child into the grate under you supervision and encouragement. After her curiosity is satisfied, she'll leave it alone.

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