3 yr old fascinated by heater!

Jess - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 3 yr old son is obsessed by the heater,ive caught him trying to put his fingers in it and even trying to lick it,this terrifys me,im scared hes going to do some serious harm!he doesnt seem to learn that its dangerous,how can i teach him b4 its too late???

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Anita - posted on 07/07/2009

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u may think this is dangerous but the only way a 3 yr old is going to learn is to let him actually hurt himself...we've always taught our little one about dangerous things and one of these is the heater...

u need to turn the heater on...take his hand and get as near to it as possible and kleep repeating "hot..dangerous"..do this also with an oven thats on...

let him go and watch him and see if he will touch the heater,..if he does and burns himself he will learn from it...

Christina - posted on 07/07/2009

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Anita is so right. Feeling other hot things to learn the meaning of the word (without them being so hot that he is seriously burned) worked with my son. Now when we warn him that something is "hot" he backs up right away. Of course there is my daughter who can't take our word for anything and would probably touch the heater anyway. . . but now that she's 3 she does tend to learn from experience.

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try putting something distracting near it that he would much rather play with than the heater, such as a favorite or new toy, set up blocks or coloring books. distraction usually works better than the repeated no's cuz sometimes the more they hear no the more they want to do it

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