Created on: December 24, 2012
Rules are not a favorite thing for most toddlers. Youngsters are in the process of exploring the world and learning how to interact with all the wonderful things it holds. Unfortunately this process holds dangers and the kitchen is full of them. However with parental guidance and support toddlers can enjoy performing simple tasks regarding food preparation while learning how to stay safe.
Toddlers love to learn by example, she will be thrilled to help you mix the batter by hand or crack eggs into the bowl. There will more than likely be a bit of mess but that's to be expected. Mixed into the fun time parents can emphasize that there are things in the kitchen that can hurt. Make simple rules and repeat them often. Some of the basic ones are listed below.
The oven is off limits. It doesn't matter if something is being cooked inside, on the surface or not at all. It is a serious appliance and toddlers should be told it needs to be left alone. Until your child is older he should know this area is off limits, period.
Keep all sharp knives out of reach but tell your child that they sharp and can hurt. Should one be left out within reach tell your toddler to let it alone and tell an adult. They can be a big help that way.
Have a rule that before helping preparing food or eating hands must be washed. Children learn by example and repetition so before cooking or dining wash your own hands and help him with his. Give a brief explanation about how this kills germs that can make him and you sick. Make it a part of your routine and it will come quite naturally to your child.
There are some places children can run, shout and rough house. Toddlers are filled with energy and need to let off steam. They should have a safe place to do just that, however the kitchen isn't one of them. The area where you cook and prepare food should be a no running zone. Too much can happen if someone is unexpectedly pushed or a dish with hot food upset. Stress the importance of keeping the kitchen area safe.
These are all over the house but are present in abundance within the kitchen. Tell your toddler these are not to be touched or poked. Explain they can hurt because they hold electricity. Small children understand more than they are capable of communicating. Their language skills are a step behind what their brains comprehend. Don't be
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