How do you punish a kid who is now responsible for his own motion, but can’t understand “No, No!?” It’s not a willful disobedience. It’s rather a continued naïveté. He continuously goes back to what we tell him “no, no” to. He keeps trying to pull the medal candle pumpkin tree on top of him, and it is with good reason that we tell him “no no”. He has pulled it over twice now and luckily escaped injury. It’s not willful disobedience, it’s more of a curiosity thing. How do we deal with that? Do we simply just keep redirecting him away from those harmful things?
Obviously, we don’t feel comfortable spanking an eight month old. He doesn’t have the intellect or capacity to understand what we are saying or why we are not allowing him to play with harmful things. At this point, he doesn’t have to necessarily understand why we are telling him “no, no”. However, he does need to learn that “no, no” means don’t do that and to choose to be obedient.
Or maybe mom should just baby proof the house.
But in all seriousness, I would love to hear feedback on how this was handled and taught in your household or any advice you may have to us as first time parents.