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At what point do you let them hurt themselves?

Anonymous
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I am ripping out all the carpet in my house this weekend so I can have it replaced starting Monday.

I've done a pretty good job of getting up all the nails and staples. But the tack stripping is still in good shape and it'll save me some money to leave it. So other than on the stairs and other really high traffic areas (like doorways and the hall) I have been leaving it.

I have taken each child around the house and shown them each exactly where it is and have asked them to be careful. Explaining that it very well could hurt them.

I am also requiring that all of my kids wear closed toed shoes all weekend. Just in case.

Well two of my three kids are taking it very seriously. But my middle child, 10, is not at all. He keeps RUNNING in my house BAREFOOT or in socks.

I have reminded him several times. I have showed him the cut I gave myself with it. I have punished him. Grounding. Time out. Making him write "I will be careful of the tack strip" 100x.

I feel terrible... but at this point I am ready to just let him hurt himself. School is out for the summer already. So even if he does take a few nails to the feet, he can just cry about it and take it easy for a day or 2.

I feel like the worst mom right now because I'm even contemplating it. But maybe I should let him learn this lesson the hard way.
Posted by Anonymous on Jun. 4, 2017 at 8:43 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jun. 4, 2017 at 8:45 AM
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He's old enough to figure it out the hard way
PJMM
by Ruby Member on Jun. 4, 2017 at 8:46 AM
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Cut strips of the old carpet and lay it across the nails in high traffic places. Then all is well. I'd do it because i wouldn't want to wear shoes in the house.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jun. 4, 2017 at 8:46 AM
I'd make him sit on the couch and be escorted around.

Can you cover the tracks with carpet pieces?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Jun. 4, 2017 at 8:46 AM
Or maybe he is paying attention to them and won't get hurt? Chill out.
K3412
by Ruby Member on Jun. 4, 2017 at 8:48 AM
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I would have left him to his own devices long ago. He's old enough to understand consequences.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 4, 2017 at 8:48 AM
Well I pulled it out of all the high traffic areas. It's just in some empty rooms we aren't even using this weekend because they have no furniture or carpet. It's like he is trying to do what I told him not to.

And no, I can't because I didn't think of that and already had it hauled away to the dump. The old carpet I mean.

Quoting PJMM: Cut strips of the old carpet and lay it across the nails in high traffic places. Then all is well. I'd do it because i wouldn't want to wear shoes in the house.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 4, 2017 at 8:49 AM
No, he's not. I'm his mother, so I've been doing my job and watching him closely when he's near it. Twice I've had to grab him before his foot fell on it.

Quoting Anonymous 4: Or maybe he is paying attention to them and won't get hurt? Chill out.
PJMM
by Ruby Member on Jun. 4, 2017 at 8:50 AM
Then i guess he's going to learn by the school of hard knocks. I remember ods once touched a cactus after his grandmother told him not to. Yep he learned a lesson that day. And did we feel sorry for him? Not really. You were warned you stubborn one.

Quoting Anonymous 1: Well I pulled it out of all the high traffic areas. It's just in some empty rooms we aren't even using this weekend because they have no furniture or carpet. It's like he is trying to do what I told him not to.

And no, I can't because I didn't think of that and already had it hauled away to the dump. The old carpet I mean.

Quoting PJMM: Cut strips of the old carpet and lay it across the nails in high traffic places. Then all is well. I'd do it because i wouldn't want to wear shoes in the house.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 4, 2017 at 8:50 AM
No I didn't think of that and I took all the carpet to the dump already.

I mean it's only until tomorrow.

I'm just going to have to make him sit I guess. Or kick him out and make him play outside all day.

Quoting Anonymous 3: I'd make him sit on the couch and be escorted around.

Can you cover the tracks with carpet pieces?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Jun. 4, 2017 at 8:51 AM
OMG WTF?
TAKE THE STRIPS OUT!
Your children's SAFETY outweighs saving a little money.
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