Here’s a question for the masses. If you see a small child about to chew on an electrical cord should you stop him or let him learn something? It’s not something that you have time to ponder on because the situation demands an immediate response.
Keeping your child out of harm’s way is the most natural thing to do for any parent with the exception of Joan Crawford or Jessica Simpson’s dad, Joe, so most people would try to stop the kid. But there’s nothing like a memory of pain to prevent someone from trying something dangerous or stupid a second time unless you’re a member of the Jackass gang or James Frey. That would be the best reason not to stop the hungry stumbler from charging his system. That or if you enjoy seeing children shaking uncontrollably on the ground.
I’m proud to say that I removed the child from the cord and the cord from the outlet before anything happened. I told him “no cords” and he seemed to understand by the way he immediately stuck his finger in the uncovered outlet that I just pulled the plug out of. I said, “no outlets” and he just looked at me with a grin. Maybe I should have let him get shocked.