Q My two-year-old has no fear of anything and is always trying to hurl himself off things. What can I do?
As a toddler, it’s your son’s job to explore his environment! And it’s your job to minimise the likelihood of him hurting himself or others as he does. It won’t take much for him to realise that jumping onto a cushion is more fun because there’s less chance of hurting himself. So, when he’s playing, join in and show him how it’s done safely! Make up silly rhymes like ’not so high ’cos it’ll make you cry’, or ‘big and soft to land with a pofft!’ Children learn to control their behaviour more quickly when we focus on what we want them to do rather than what we don’t want them to do, so use positive praise and point out the times he pauses before acting. Play the ‘STOP!’ game, too – run around with him and shout ‘STOP!’ in a funny voice. It’s a good safety tool to use when you need it!