Many of you out there are involved with children and I'm sure will have some great ideas to share. It just needs to be a paragraph or two, and here's mine to kick things off:
My son loves books. He loves reading them with us, he loves turning the pages, he loves pulling them off the bookshelf and he loves ripping the pages out once they are lying helpless on the floor.Please do add them in comments here and they may well appear as the Yes Vote's campaign's tip of the day!
To stop him from getting them in a vulnerable position in the first place we've loaded up the shelf with books, and then jammed one more book in by use of a hammer. This way they are tightly stuck and he cannot get at their pages. You do need to be sure your bookshelf is secure against the wall though, to be sure your child can't pull it down on them. He also has a stack of his own books which are less fragile and he can pull on these to his little bitty heart's content.
In time my son will learn to treasure books as we do, but until then this will keep them safe, and avoid angry situations when dearly loved pages are found fluttering alone without their companions. He's too little to understand why we are annoyed at his actions, so limiting the possibilites in the first place saves everyone angst.
The Hand Mirror has pledged its support to the Yes Vote campaign, as Anjum and myself have already written about here, and there will be more on this issue yet to come.