Home > Punishments & Tactics > Eliminating Your Child's Temptations

Eliminating Your Child's Temptations

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 23 Mar 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Temptations Children Remove Eliminate

Teaching your children good behaviour is all about showing them how to resist temptation, whether it’s to steal another biscuit, draw on the wall or squeeze out all the toothpaste just for fun. For parents it can be a lot easier, and head off a lot of unnecessary trouble and expense, to simply eliminate such temptations before children ever have the chance to act on them. Some temptations should be eliminated for safety’s sake, others for expediency. Still others may only be removed for certain situations, which makes talking to your children about this temporary elimination important.

Eliminating Temptations for Safety

Children are naturally curious, so it’s hard to fault them for simply wanting to explore their environment. Unfortunately this turns everything in the world into a temptation to see what is does, how it works and if it’s any fun. Temptations which must be eliminated to ensure your child’s safety include:
  • Access to kitchen appliances, including the washing machine, oven and hob.
  • Access to sharp objects such as knives and scissors.
  • Access to flights of stairs before a child can safely navigate them.
  • Uncovered water features, such as pools, fountains, tubs and even filled buckets.
  • Unsupervised access to hot water.
  • Electrical outlets.
  • Leads and cords to electrical items and curtains.
  • Large plastic bags/sheets/wraps.
  • Cleaning supplies, especially those which are brightly coloured and bubbly.
  • Toiletries, including perfume and cologne.
  • Medications.

Temporary Temptation Elimination

If you feel that you only need to take away temptations for a little while, perhaps for an afternoon, day or week, explain to your child what you are doing and why. Talk with him or her about the appropriate use of the item and why you are worried about how (s)he will treat it. Explain that you are putting the item away for a set amount of time, and when you will bring it back out. It’s not fair to expect children to know how to treat every item in the home when they are only just beginning to recognise them, so help them along with clear instructions about these tempting treats.

Eliminating Temptations for Expediency

Some of the most tempting items to children are not necessarily anything that could hurt them, but it could cause you a lot of grief to have to deal with the aftermath of their explorations. These items should simply be removed from a child’s environment until (s)he understands that they are not to toys. Examples of items which could be taken away or put out of reach simply for expediency include:
  • Delicate electrical appliances.
  • Expensive technology.
  • Anything which becomes hot to the touch.
  • Anything which is made up of multiple pieces which could be spilled or swallowed.
  • Anything containing liquids.
  • Art supplies which might be used while unsupervised.
  • China, crystal or otherwise breakable knickknacks.
  • Family heirlooms.
  • Anything sentimental.
  • Anything which could not be replaced.

Eliminating temptation is a good way to minimise the headaches associated with your children exploring their environments. Some temptations must be removed for the safety of all involved while others may be removed simply to avoid unnecessary annoyances. When temptations are removed only temporarily, talk with your child about the situation and when you will know that (s)he is ready for the items to return.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
My son is only 3 he bites me & his mum & one of her cats he also slaps as well he thinks its a gameif some one could give me urgent advice it would be deply greatfull thanks......
urgent - 17-Oct-13 @ 6:37 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Inky
    Re: Children and Pinching
    My sons friend is a pincher but he is nine years old and I think to old to be doing this. When I greeted him once his response was a pinch…
    18 July 2018
  • trudi3
    Re: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    I am growing increasingly worried about my daughter. She has just turned 6 and her behaviour has escalated for the past…
    11 July 2018
  • janinka
    Re: Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?
    Hello, Could you please help me. My 6 year old son is exceeding in school and seems quite bright. I am not an…
    7 July 2018
  • Kat
    Re: Children and Urinary Incontinence
    My friends son will be 7 soon and he has never slept without nappies or pull ups of a night. He wets the bad every night and…
    6 July 2018
  • Nate
    Re: Grounding Children
    I just got in trouble again today mend and my three sisters said bad things about are grandma and so are grandma grounded us for 3 months and a…
    4 July 2018
  • Nate
    Re: Grounding Children
    If you guys didn't know I hated my teenager years because I problay spent 75 percent of them grounded in my room all of my friends have been…
    2 July 2018
  • KidsBehaviour
    Re: Children and Aggressive Outbursts
    Youmeatrhys - Your Question:I look after a friends son who is 5. Very violent would rather make spears and swords and…
    29 June 2018
  • KidsBehaviour
    Re: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Ron - Your Question:My 8 year old boy seems to really dislike everyone.his dad dissapeared when he was 3 and for the…
    29 June 2018
  • Youmeatrhys
    Re: Children and Aggressive Outbursts
    I look after a friends son who is 5. Very violent would rather make spears and swords and weapens then play with his own…
    27 June 2018
  • Ron
    Re: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    My 8 year old boy seems to really dislike everyone .his dad dissapeared when he was 3 and for the firat few years i over…
    27 June 2018