Toddler Street Safety Without Spanking
By Chris Dugan
Spanking toddlers for exploratory behavior is harmful and unfair. They need to explore their environment as a necessary part of their cognitive development.
In the Summer 1987 issue of _Children_ magazine, Dr. Dennis Embry
"Since 1977 I have been heading up the only long-term project designed to counteract pedestrian accidents to preschool-aged children. (Surprisingly, getting struck by a car is about the third leading cause of death to young children in the United States.)Principle #1 may be particularly important in light of the fact that some young toddlers may not be able to comprehend negations yet. Hence, when the parent says, "Don't eat out of the catfood dish!" "Don't jump on furniture!" "Don't go into the street!" the toddler hears, "Eat out of the catfood dish! Jump on the furniture! Go into the street!"
Principle #3 can easily be integrated into a parental habit
of "catching them being Good." Too often, parents only notice when
their child is behaving unacceptably. Children are trying to learn
how to be a person and a member of their native culture. Letting
them know when they are succeeding can help them immeasurably on their