It’s very difficult not to fall in love with succulent plants like CAL Farms 20 of 2″ Beautiful Assorted Variety Succulents. They are cute. They are easy to maintain. They require very little of your time. They bring you luck (according to the Chinese, anyway). They thrive indoors or outdoors. They provide better air circulation to a room. Whenever a room or an office needs a little oomph and edge, we will think about putting a small plant on a side table or on the corner of the room. But most regular plants would require plenty of water and sun every single day. Succulent plants are amazing in such a way that it could survive for days without so much as a drop of water or a glimpse of sunlight.
That’s why these are also amazing plants for stay-at-home parents who, aside from taking care of the plants and the household, have to deal with the presence of children in a once peaceful home. Kids can’t help it; they are drawn to things that would attract their curiosity and their interest. Little cactuses with spikes and thorns would naturally work like magnets to these little kids. And that’s the problem. They could get hurt by a mere touch of a cactus or even a rosette. They could even be allergic to some plants and that would pose a major problem, of course.
Talk to Your Kids
Most kids recognize the tone of your voice when you are angry, happy, and dead serious about your commands and requests. If your kids can crawl or walk, chances are they can be talked to as well. Tell them why they should not touch the plants and how this could affect their playtime. Tell them that the plants could hurt them because some varieties have thorns and spikes. And if they are injured, how could they play with their friends? How could they enjoy their new toy?
Provide a Diversion
Some kids tinker with things they should not even touch because they are bored. Create a diversion by handing them their favorite toys. If you see that they are about to go to your succulent area, immediately try to divert their attention away from the plants and to the toys you’re handing them. Kids have a very short attention span. All you need is a variety of toys and activities that could occupy their time. They will forget about seeing the succulents in no time. This is also the reason why you should not put the succulents in areas that your kids can easily reach.
Teach Them How to Take Care of the Succulents
Why not allow them to take care of the succulents? As mentioned above, these plants are the easiest plants to maintain. It would be nice if your kids could learn how to plant greens at an early age. Explain to them how the succulents help keep the air inside the house clean and how these are great decorations for any homes or offices. Instead of always trying to keep them away from the plants, you can incorporate taking care of them in their daily activities.