All parents love seeing their children develop and grow. Watching your baby learn a new skill, like sitting up by themselves or taking their first step can be some of the most euphoric moments as a parent. But over the last 13 years of having children I have discovered a few things that it’s best not to teach a child ever, or for at least as long as possible!
5 things you should never teach a child!
That dolls clothes are removable
They will soon realise for themselves of course, but the second they know that those fiddly little trousers and cardigans can come off they will remove them. Then expect you to replace them, just so they can pull them off again instantly. Something which you will repeat continuously until they have either finally reached an age where they can do it themselves or those pesky little garments have
gone in the bin sadly disappeared as those little fiddly items have a tendency to do.
How to climb up
Climbin DOWN is a very important skill. whether it be sofas or stairs you should always teach your child to climb down safely to avoid hurting themselves. Climbing up however is a completely different story, as soon as toddlers learn that they can climb up on the sofa to get closer to that shelf with all the pretty ornaments on, they will. When they realise how easy it is to make a getaway up the stairs, every time you turn your back and someone has forgotten to close the door/stairgate they will make a dash for it and be halfway up quicker than you can blink!
How to use the remote control
Kids are renown for picking up on technology at earlier and earlier ages. As soon as they know how to use the TV remote you will have lost all rights to it. Any chance at ever watching an adult TV programme from beginning to end while they are awake will be a distant memory. Of course they will pick up quite quickly just by watching you, but there is also a work around for that one; Just make sure to distract them while you are pressing the buttons for their channels so they don’t learn the numbers!
That supermarket rides take money
You know the ones. They are often characters like Tigger or Bob the Builder sitting in a car or bus with their arm out willing your child to sit next to them. Of course they are not strangers to your child so you can’t even use that angle… Anyway, most of these rides will move a little, or play a few seconds of a song every now and then. As long as your child never sees another parent worn down by their own child to put ‘pennies’ (usually quite more than a few!)into the slot and sees what the ride actually does they are often quite happy to sit and spin the wheel and take their new character friend on a journey. The occasional burst of music will be enough of a delight to keep them wanting more.
What sweets/nice drinks taste like
As soon as your little one knows what is in those brightly coloured packets or that any drink you have is usually more exciting than their plain old boring water they will want it! they will ‘ta, ta, ta!’ at you in ever increasing volume and point that chubby little finger until you give in. Either that or they will just take a sneaky sip when your not paying attention.
So that is my list of things to avoid teaching a young child. What would be on your list?