So, when can you start disciplining an infant? I mean: not disciplining exactly. Not punishing. More just...managing. Like classroom management, but at home, with your infant.
Here's the deal: Elliot is now pretty mobile, and there are various things that he likes to do that he should not do. Like pull himself up onto the TV, or crawl under the coffee table where he can too easily whap his head.
My general thought on this is that, first, you should remove all the things you can that might be tantalizing to das infant, if you do not want das infant to have them. But after that...how does this go? I know that Elliot is not willfully doing things that he knows he shouldn't do. So it's not like he's breaking rules, exactly. But how, and when, is it useful to start teaching him that there are rules? If he gets too close to the TV, should I just pick him up and put him down somewhere else? Or do I need to say "uhuh!" first, so he learns that?
I have done a lot of teaching of older childers, so I have some fairly well thought through ideas on what's fair and effective in terms of dealing with kids. But I realize that I really haven't thought at all about discipline and the pre-verbal set. It strikes me that sleep training is a form of management...but that's about getting your children to do something, right? This is getting Elliot not to do something, without the ability to specify for him what that is. Interesting pedagogical challenge, I'd say.
PS1: So, like, can we not restart the cold war right now, Mr. President? I know Putin sucks, but I have enough to think about without worrying that my child too is going to grow up with the looming threat of nuclear war. I thought we were over this.
PP2: Elliot seems to have no interest in actual crawling. But he's getting much speedier in his crabwalking, as is evidenced below.
PP3: just as a heads up: i think we might have a few more videos than normal, the next little while. I don't mean to bore the onlookers, but we really want to document the whole "moving" thing for Elliot's grandfolk, none of whom live close enough to watch in person.