During discussions with friends about our children (2 years and 16 months old) I discovered that some parents give their children "normal" (and thus breakable) plates and glasses. The reason is because in this way they learn that dropping them to the ground is bad (since they break).
I know also that some parents simply do not return objects if their children drop them down.
In my family, generally we use plastic plates and we return everything, trying to explain that is not good to knock these objects off the table.
I have some doubts regarding these three different approaches. I know that children have to respect some rules (and not dropping items off the table is one of these), but sometime they have to test their parents' reactions (both of them have to agree and to be consistent).
So on the one hand you have an efficient method in which the child plays a small role; on the other you have a less efficient method, but that constitutes many "tests".
There are some differences between what is the best and what we really do, and so the two questions are:
- What is the best method in your opinion (also, do you have an alternative)?
- What do you do usually?