But we also understood that learning to respect other people’s property was critical to their long-term survival and success as humans, as was learning that the world is full of no’s. When a child is running into the street after a ball, it’s no time to gently suggest a different course of action. Creating parameters was an important aspect of preparing them for the realities of life.
We also used a glass coffee table. I can just hear the gasps across the Houzz planet. “What about all the fingerprints?” Uh, glass cleaner and a paper towel were a pretty effective and quick fix.
It’s also when “Made in the USA” is so important, because manufacturing standards — especially regarding potentially hazardous chemicals — are so stringent here.
Buying furniture with soft corners, like the pieces shown here, is also a really good idea. It looks great and is very baby friendly.
He screamed bloody murder for a bit (a sure sign, our pediatrician assured me, that his injury was not really serious) and required several stitches, but he gained a newfound respect for furniture.
Distract your baby from forbidden places by keeping one cupboard unlocked and filled with baby-safe items.
But think of the history of these carpets. They were slung across the backs of camels and left in the blazing sun. They were cooked on and beaten with rods. Not only is a hand-knotted rug tough, but you can clean it very easily, and it hides almost everything that gets spilled on it. Compare that to your average solid-colored broadloom, and ask which you would rather raise children on.
In addition, self-restraint and self-control will be a more difficult to learn when they start encountering life’s realities, which will begin around kindergarten.
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