- Enriching the environment.
- Impoverishing it.
- Simplifying it.
- Restricting it.
Now, we move on to the fifth method:
Child-Proofing the Environment
Although most parents remove medicines, sharp knives, and dangerous chemicals from the reach of children, a more thorough job of child-proofing might include such things as:
- Turning pot handles to the back of the stove when cooking.
- Buying unbreakable cups and glasses
- Putting matches out of reach.
- Repairing frayed electric cords and plugs.
- Keeping the basement door locked.
- Removing expensive breakable objects.
- Locking up sharp tools.
- Putting a rubber mat in the bathtub.
- Making upstairs screens secure.
- Storing slippery throw rugs.
Each family should conduct its own child-proofing inspection. With very little trouble most parents can find many ways to child-proof the home more thoroughly to prevent behaviors that would be unacceptable to them.