Too much excitement just might kill me!
Dear internets, please help me!
Monkey is obsessed with light switches and power points. Only the fully functional ones though – the disconnected switch left behind by our electrician is totally boring, even if I Blutac it to the wall.
Light switches are fine – he can’t reach them on his own, and I can use them as leverage to get him to come into the toilet with me.
Power points are another story. We have those safety plug things on them, but until now we’ve been trying to make them off limits. I feel like it is irresponsible to let a child play with power points. But it seems that our trying to keep him away only makes him that much more interested in them – it’s become a game to see if he can switch them on when we’re not looking. He’ll even instruct me to sit on the couch and then race for the closest switch, because he knows it takes me longer to get to him from a sitting start! (Clever little buggers aren’t they?)
And how bad is it really to play with the switches? They have covers on, and it’s not like he’s sticking a fork in there (yet (and we have an RCD in any case)). He just likes to turn them on and off.
Hubs thinks we should make certain all the outlets are safe and then just give up. Hopefully once the novelty wears off and he realises we’re not reacting, he’ll get bored with the whole thing.
But I’m really torn. It just seems wrong to allow it, no matter how sick I am of pulling him away from the damn things. Surely we should be teaching him not to touch power points? He definitely thinks it’s a game at the moment though.
If we let him get away with it now, will he understand that he can’t shove things into the sockets once he’s old enough to pull the protective covers off? I think so – see aforementioned smartness, and also hopefully he’ll be quite old (say 18?) by the time he works out how to remove them.
So what do we do? Just let him click away at the switches and worry about teaching electrical safety later?
Do you have a switch-obsessed kid? How do you handle it?