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From their first birthday, babies begin to take their first steps and a continuous path of follow-up begins for mothers to save our little kamikazes from many absurd falls and blows due to the clumsiness of their initial movements. But if there's one thing that really kept me on my toes most of the day, it was that my son didn't see the danger. His curiosity was stronger than his fledgling motor skills and he risked a lot to reach or touch anything.
And it is that his inexhaustible energy, his motivation fueled by the mastery of new psychomotor skills and his enormous curiosity made him a kind of circus artist in search of the most difficult still in balance, trapeze and juggling. So to avoid accidents or, in the best of cases, unnecessary scares due to their shenanigans, I tried to anticipate what might happen. Thus, I admit that I was watching him all day, watching him to see what he was doing, I never left him alone and when he didn't hear any noise, he always thought of the worst, of the mischief he was organizing.
Also, he never missed an opportunity to explain where the danger lay in each situation. If, for example, he had taken the detergent from the cupboard to put the washing machine on, he explained that it was not eaten, nor should he ever put it in his mouth, if he turned on the oven or the kitchen fire, he explained that it burns the skin and it hurts ... And so with everything, in order to teach him some basic safety rules, so that he himself would stay away from dangers. Although he still hadn't spoken, I knew he understood me perfectly.
I admit that I armed myself with patience, trusting that after insisting a lot, all that would end up bearing fruit and I would end up evaluating her desire to explore based on the danger that that particular action entailed. Over time I discovered that I had done the right thing, although children learn through blows and according to their maturation at each stage of their development.
For this reason, it never hurts to adapt the house with child-proof safety measures: I put safety locks on the windows, fences on the stairs and on the terrace, I put protectors on the light sockets, pads in the corners Of the furniture, mainly on the tables, I kept the medicines, cleaning and hygiene products in tall or locked cabinets and I cleared the house of obstacles as much as possible. Still he was not spared a breach and several bruises from falls.
In addition, in our eagerness to teach them the danger it is important not to fall into overprotection. They must learn by themselves and parental or maternal overprotection limits them. Thus, before preventing him from going up or down a curb, saying 'no, you're falling', it is more advisable to shake his hand to do so, but safely. However, when caring for them, it is important to bear in mind that it is advisable to be more aware of them in the late afternoon, at which time they are most tired and, therefore, more active and clumsier. It is also important that they vent in the park so that they are calmer at home. All this education has an end goal and that is for children to stop being reckless and become cautious, but not fearful.
Marisol New. Editor of our site
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