My 16 month old son is very strong willed -which is a fantastic quality, until he's set on doing something he shouldn't. Today, I was trying to do some dishes. *The kids are not allowed to touch the dishwasher when its open.* So my son comes over and keeps trying to touch it, grabbing at knives.
I tried just moving his hand away -Ahh Ahh Don't Touch.
I tried physically moving him away (with an Ahh Ahh Don't Touch) and giving him a toy to play with.
I tried explaining to him why we don't touch -Danger.
None of that worked. He just would either smirk and go right back to it or stand there and cry. When he'd cry, I would hug him and say "I know you're upset and want to help mom with the dishes, but some of these are dangerous." Probably beyond his level, but it certainly couldn't hurt.
At that point he just stood there and cried about it, while I hurried up and finished the dishes. I felt bad leaving him to cry like that, but I tried to distract, redirect, and reason with him.
What else could I have done? We go through this same scenario with him pushing buttons on the TV. So any suggestions would be really helpful!