My wife is a genius. Really. I love the way she thinks through things, especially how to raise up our son and possible future children.
Howard is now 9 months old, almost 10. He’s now crawling and getting into a lot of stuff. We actually walked into his room this morning and saw his first mess. He opened cupboards and pulled out every book and thing inside those cupboards. I wondered if that was really my son that did that.
Because Howard is so curious about everything, we need to be consistent at how we’re going to control what he gets into. We believe that pain exists for a reason, so we don’t hesitate to use it as a form of discipline or learning. My wife came up with the idea that if we simply don’t want Howard to get into something, we will respond with a “no-no.” If he’s getting into something DANGEROUS, we will give a firm, ‘STOP!’
I think Howard will quickly learn the difference between a ‘no’ and ‘STOP!’ We just have to be consistent in our use of the words now.