I am constantly amazed at how much my little baby (almost toddler, but I am not ready to say the words yet!) is growing and learning. As a parent I am always underestimating the knowledge and understanding he has already, even as a small child. They are like sponges, constantly soaking in everything around them.
One thing Geoff and I have worked very hard at is helping Taden to stay away from the electrical outlets. As soon as we put him on the ground and let him roam around we would point to them and say “no". Whenever he would move towards them or reach for them, we would get down to his level, change our tone to be more serious, and say “no.” He has always understood at least the underlining message we are trying to say to him (do not touch this – NO), because every time we point to the outlets and change our tone he will start to cry or whimper or give us that face that makes me want to melt! It is amazing how much they really can understand, even if they cannot always understand the specific words we are saying.
So, yesterday I was in the kitchen cleaning up and doing the dishes. Taden was in the next room playing with toys and entertaining himself (I love when he does that!). I could see him from the kitchen and would pop my head in and out of the room to check on him, but he did not notice me. At one point I noticed he stopped playing with his toys and looked around the room. He took a few glances around and noticed he could not see him. “Perfect,” he thinks, “she is not around!” I then noticed he turned himself around and was going straight for the electrical outlet directly behind him. I immediately dropped what I was doing and stepped in the room just in time to say, “Taden, no!” The look on his face when he saw me was priceless – “where did you come from?!?!”
Teach them young! Teach them young to not touch the electrical outlets (we are still working on this) and teach them young that Mom is always watching…