We are pleased with a powerful sense of his curiosity in our 10 month old son, but his curiosity makes him want to touch/play everything, including items that are dangerous or dirty.
When he touches or plays with something we consider harmful or dirty, we often forbid him to play with it and we move him and encourage play elsewhere. When we ban the play or item in words it doesn't work. He just turns around and smiles, but he's still touching a dangerous or dirty thing.
The idea to limit his play area with a fence has been discussed, but we worry that will limit his creativity.
We want to implement a self awareness for our children, so they can learn to distinguish between safe and unsafe, dirty and clean themselves. Since we have this goal, should we let it go and if later on something happens to make him cry, will he learn and understand the cause of his discomfort?
Can this kind of learning style be applied early on children? If not, at what age can we implement it?
And is there any other recommendations regarding self-awareness education?