Dear Mary Jo,
My granddaughter is one year old and gets into everything. How can I stop that? Thank you, Rig
Dear Rig, your one year old is still a baby and that means you have to child proof your home. It’s a good idea to get down on their eye level so you can see all the potential unsafe areas they can get into. Put everything in harm’s way up high or shut it behind closed, locked doors. These other reminders will help you keep her safe:
- Never assume she’s not able to do what she couldn’t do yesterday. Developmentally, one year olds are curious and they will explore. It’s up to the adults around them to protect them.
- Never leave a child alone in the kitchen or bathroom.
- The best protection is adult supervision. Childproofing your home helps, but nothing replaces an adult’s watchful eyes.
Dear Mary Jo,
I have a four year old daughter and a seven year old son, and I wonder what age is it appropriate to change in front of them?
Thank you, Kevin
Dear Kevin, although cultures and religious affiliations influence parenting, experts suggest you begin by watching your child. Between the ages of four and eight your child develops a sense of their own body, and that’s a common time to begin dressing in your own room. What you want to avoid is making a big deal out of nudity. Children become ashamed of their bodies when parents are uncomfortable and don’t handle the topic well. Taking care of your body and having privacy teaches your child that their body is separate from yours and belongs to them; that’s a very empowering lesson to learn, especially when parents are modeling a healthy lifestyle for their children to follow.