Baby-Proof to Improve Your Relationship

When my husband and I are being lazy parents, we watch tv. The tv rests upon a trunk in our living room, which just so happens to be at about our daughter's chest level. She has long since figured out how to turn knobs and one of her best strategies for prodding us out of our tv daze is to amp up the volume quickly and then run away.


My husband scolds her and goes to turn the volume knob back down, only for her to repeat the action moments later. In exasperation, we asked for advice on how to train her to stop this annoying behavior (tips other than not watching tv, which is another topic).


"Have you tried putting the speakers out of her reach?" Our parenting teacher gently suggested, making the obvious solution more painfully blatant from her non-condescending tone.


"I guess we should try that," said my husband. That very evening we removed the speaker from below the screen and placed it on the window sill behind the set. TA-DA! Problem solved. 


This example gets to a point that I appreciate from our parenting class. "Baby-proof at least one space in your house. Sounds mundane, but it will really improve your relationship with your child when you're not constantly yelling at them to stop climbing on this, or don't touch that." Try it for yourself, see where the conflicts with your child are and most likely they will be around your desire to keep your child safe.