How much freedom are you giving your toddlers when it comes to stairs - mainly if you have a full flight of stairs in your house?
I let DS go up & down on his own with me following behind or ahead. At least once a day, though, if he sees the gate at the bottom is open, he will take off up stairs on his own just b/c he knows he's not supposed to.
MH is extremely strict on this & will put DS in time out if he goes up/down on his own. I am more lenient, though b/c I feel like he is capable so long as he goes slowly & so long as he lets me know he's going to go.
I think that if he does it knowing he's not supposed to, he will run up quickly, which is more dangerous. If he's allowed to do it, then it wouldn't be a big deal & he wouldn't run, which would of course, be safer.
So what is your opinion?
(Our stairs are not carpeted, FWIW.)