Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Dishwasher

Today we visited Isabella's grandparents. She had fun with the grandparents. When it was time for her dad to pick us up, her dada (that's what she calls her dad) was having conversation with the grandparents. 
Of course at this time no one was really paying too close attention to Isabella, because we can see her busy playing and was even sweeping the floor with a broom. 
Suddenly, her grandma heard a loud sound, and she was asking what that is. Grandpa thought it was just the water outside but then we were, "ohhhh, the dish washers!!!!" 
Grandma had to run to the dish washer because they use it to store some plastic containers that aren't suppose to be washed in the dishwasher. (Trivia: if you aren't using your dishwasher, then, there you go, a storage for you) 
She had to pull out the plastic containers and then drain the water from the dishwasher. The dishwasher they had has buttons to turn and it was easy for her to do.

Say Sorry
I asked my 21 months old toddler to say sorry and she did. Her grandpa hugged her and told her it was fine. 

Keep on guiding and explaining to her even if she is young
She knew she did something wrong, and we were explaining to her that she shouldn't touch the dishwasher. She didn't touch it again but then again, everyone was keeping an eye on her so she knows she is being watched and she knows what she isn't allowed to do.

Dishwasher at Home
The dishwasher we have at home has flat controls so she hasn't really figured out how to start it. 

My advice to parents who have toddlers that plays with the dishwashers whether it has flat controls or buttons is that to always watch and guide your kids. When I am in the kitchen with her and she is playing on the floor. We as parents learned how to multitask, but having our kids as the most important task. Even if I am washing the dishes, I made sure she knows that I am still watching her, every time I see her trying to touch the flat control of our washer, I would never get tired explaining to her that she shouldn't be playing with it. 
There are other appliances in the kitchen that has button controls, like the trash compactor. I decided to take out the buttons because she would always run it. She likes how it makes the sound. Yes we still make sure to tell her that she wasn't supposed to touch it, but it is easier to pull the button and then put it back every Tuesday when we need it. (trash day every Wednesday)
We have button control for our burner which she can already reached. But we made sure that every time she sees us using the controls, or using the stove, we always remind her that only dada and mama can touch it. We always tell her that it is dangerous and it is not for Isabella then I would show her the things she can only touch in the kitchen.

Play station in the kitchen
She also has a play station in the kitchen, just a little box with some toys in it. In this way, we can drive her attention to her toys instead of playing with the kitchen tools or materials that she isn't suppose to touch. 

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