For example, the other day he got into a two pound thing of hummus and painted the whole kitchen and rubbed it into the carpet. It took hours to clean that mess up. Today he got into chocolate chips and butter and thought it would be fun to pait the kitchen with that. It is all over the stove and the cabnets and the floor and the table and chairs. I took away his crayons because I kept on catching him drawing on the carpet when the coloring book was right next to him. I want to know what is a good punishment for this kind of behavior to make it stop. He has been doing this too often and I want it to stop because Iam the one that cleans it and I have other things to do!
Answer by TessaBianca at 7:22 PM on Mar. 27, 2009
Answer by momoflukas at 4:29 PM on Mar. 27, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 5:03 PM on Mar. 27, 2009
Answer by JenFunSniffer at 6:49 PM on Mar. 27, 2009
Supervision is easier said than done when you have other children.Â I only have one boy, age 2 years, 3 months, and he would do exactly as you describe if I were not always within 10 feet of him.Â He literally tries to swing from the chandelier in my dining room.Â This is an age of extreme curiosity and impulse control does not seem to kick in for a few more years.Â My son takes things apart to see what happens and learn how they work.Â He gets into pots and pans and cooking stuff to copy what he sees me doing.Â He has to try everything he sees others do.Â
In your situation, I would contain him in a bedroom with toys and books while I was nursing the baby and never assume DH has everything put away. Explain to him that he has to stay with you because of the messes he makes. I even bring my son in the bathroom with me and shut the door. He cannot be trusted alone. It's a matter of safety for us.
Answer by mommy492006 at 10:22 PM on Mar. 27, 2009
Thanks for all of the help girls. I was being a brat because I am just so stressed out by him doing this. I had my son jump on the bed while I was feeding his sister so I could see him at all times. I also put him on one of those children leashes while I did the laundry (he grabbed a wrench while I was out there too). Other than that I guess he is just trying to be creative (my mom says that he gets that from me and it's just karma. I remember breaking blue and green drinking glasses because I thought that the broken glass was pretty. I will admit that what my kid wasn't as bad as me). Too bad that those child locks don't work for my kid. He is too dang smart, if he sees me unlock the child lock then he will go over and do the same thing. I just need to preoccupy him more.
Answer by JenFunSniffer at 2:34 PM on Mar. 28, 2009
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