You certainly remember that moment when you first saw your 2-year-old climb up on a couch, at the corner of your living area, all by her own. Her slender little hands held the couch as firmly as possible, pulling her weight up onto something chest-high, carefully propping her foot in the notch between the base and the top cushion of the couch. And, there she stood, up on the couch without your support.
So, while you are busy archiving ‘every firsts’ of your child, she barely takes anytime to work out her moves and learn new skills, master the old ones and set out to explore new things around.
Sounds exciting, exhilarating and feels proud too; isn’t it?
But, it will not take many days for this exhilaration to disappear in the growing apprehension.
Your toddler’s never-ending curiosity will soon make her a lively, bubbly, enthusiastic, and needless to mention, a fearless kiddie. She will be high on energy and will have a penchant for enjoying risk taking. Don’t be shocked if you find her climbing the highest slides, trying to touch the animals in a National park, feeding biscuits to a street dog, chasing cats and other animals fearlessly.
You can attribute this fearless behaviour to the great physical energy your child possesses. Usually, parents of such children have a great difficulty in keeping them safe. These children, generally, do not wait for their parents’ assurance or support before trying out anything new.
The big concern that then arises is – how to keep a fearless child safe?
Is it a good idea to instil fear in your child just to keep him safe?
Let us discuss a few ways in which you can make your child cautious without killing her enthusiasm to explore the world around.
- Teach by giving examples: Play with your child, pretend to fall down and show him that it hurts. Tell him that he needs to be cautious while playing in order to avoid such pain.
- Teach your child that anything except food should not be kept in mouth.
- Allow your child to try new things but make sure you are around to prevent any mishap. Do not be worried if he stumbles or falls. Let your child learn from her own experiences.
- Make your child aware of the potential hazards that may make him vulnerable to serious injuries.
Having a fearless child does not always mean that you have to be anxious. It is a good quality to possess, indeed. A child who is fearless grows up to be an extrovert and becomes more responsible. Moreover, toddlers do not have the understanding of right and wrong. Therefore, it is your responsibility to teach your child what is good or bad for him, and make him aware that a few things can be dangerous and should be steered clear of.
We thank all the Mommies of our community for sparing their precious time to give their valuable responses:
Shabnam Desai, Sangel Brit and Arti Vedpathak