JSIM 2 SHARE No. 2: The Finger Check

While raising 3 kids I’ve done a few things right, (and plenty wrong, but that’s the post you’ll never read.) So I figure that if you’re going to survive parenting young children, you’ve got to get clever.
Most children are quite tactile by nature and seem to have an innate need to touch and feel everything new to them in the world. Thank goodness I found an alternative solution to the warning: “Don’t touch ANYTHING in this store!” upon entering any shop where they could do potential damage. We’d do a finger check. I’d have them show me which finger they chose for touching things in the store and that’s the only one they could use. Years and years of one-finger-touching and NEVER any damage. Yay Mom!

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9 Responses to JSIM 2 SHARE No. 2: The Finger Check

  1. #1 - Right As Rain Creations says:

    We do the one-finger-touch too! It kept my oldest very well-behaved in stores and in other people’s houses – people who had breakables down at toddler level. 🙂

  2. #2 - Felicia says:

    LOL What a brilliant idea 🙂

  3. #3 - PamperingBeki says:

    That is SUCH a great idea!!

  4. #4 - April Horsman says:


    Can I use that? I think that might work with my 3 1/2 year old 🙂

  5. #5 - Pumpkin Petunia says:

    We have the one-finger rule for the Christmas tree and it works like a charm! I’ll have to remember to use that in stores too.

  6. #6 - Tania Wood says:

    Thanks for this post, Saylor is always going into the antique stores (well most all stores) with me and she HAS to touch everything. I don’t ever understand why. This could work. I will try it this weekend and let you know what happened. Thanks for another brilliant idea. You rock!

  7. #7 - Michelle Sybert says:

    I included your blog and this great idea in my weekly link post! Awesome idea and like pumpkin petunia, I will have to use it for the Christmad Tree too!

  8. #8 - Betsy's girl says:

    my mom always said “hold your hands”… the funny thing is that every time I set foot in a china shop or antique store I catch myself holding my hands… 30 years after the last time I was told to! haha

  9. #9 - whitney says:

    I love this suggestion, perfect for my three year old.