Kat wrote:I'm with Kier. I can understand the reason for the rule, but I also think we don't give kids credit for being the competent individuals they often are.
This seems like a good place to start, so I'll repeat that I have full confidence in Kenny knowing what to do. The trouble is that he's not tall enough, even with a stool to safely use the top of the stove (in my opinion). Probably by this time next year (if he keeps going at the same rate), I'll have no trouble with him using the front burners and the front of the grill. This isn't what he knows how to do, but what he's physically able to do safely. That is just my judgement, and maybe I'm being over protective, but I am the dad, and I don't want him to have to deal with what Stevie mentioned.
Ivor, I think what you're describing would be called a broiler over here.
As for what actually happened, keep in mind that I'd had a very full, busy week, with some personal problems occupying several week before that. When I realized what Kenny had done, I think I might have been a bit overwrought - not at what he'd done, but at trying to think of a way to explain to him why I didn't want him doing it. However, it seems that what he saw was a very upset Dad who was worried at what he'd done. I think that upset him more than a spanking would have.
Kenny did not get spanked, but he and I had a long talk, and he did have a good cry. He's pretty fair skinned, and has had a sun burn before. I'm not sure if he believes how much worse a burn from the stove would be, but he seems to have taken my word. For now, we're going with the status quo, and I'm planning to have a discussion with him before the Christmas Break, when he'll have a chance to do this kind of thing again. I might end up buying him a stand alone grill so he can make this for himself on occasion. We'll see how he does between then and now.