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post #41 of 53

My ds1 is a teen now but when he was about 18 mos or so I took my eyes off of him just long enough to wash a few dishes and he got his finger under the edge of the vinyl floor and pulled up a huge chunk...like a few square feet, just ripped it right off!

 

A few weeks later he got hold of a baseball and pitched it right through a window.

 

My friend's son came over to play and destroyed a gooseneck lamp in ds2's room.

post #42 of 53

Okay, I've read this entire thread and I've concluded that I'm raising an weirdo.  DD hasn't destroyed anything!  In fact, she is terribly conscience of her stuff and other people's stuff.  All her toys and materials are strictly organized, and when other kids come over and start throwing stuff around, she starts hyperventilating.  It's true.  Everything has to be extremely neat and organized.  Our stuff, her stuff, the cat's stuff.  DH is a librarian and I have my own space issues, so maybe it rubbed off onto DD.  Everything is sorted and in its place.  Yeah, I gotta weirdo on my hands.  After reading this thread I'm pretty convinced that our lives aren't normal.  wild.gif  Do you think she'll be a serial killer?

 

 

Edited to say (after thinking about this in the shower) that I think respect for property is respect for the environment.  I'm sure I'll get flamed in multiple posts below because I know this is a cute thread about the things that our cute kids destroy.  That being said, everything that gets destroyed goes to landfills if not recycled.  My apologies for being a downer but I really do think that kids can understand the meaning of respecting other peoples' stuff as well as their own.  While destruction may be cute, I think there are valuable lessons to be learned from conservation and respect.  That's just me...sorry to derail thread.


Edited by CatsCradle - 8/1/11 at 5:29pm
post #43 of 53
My kids aren't really very destructive, but DS did break a pane of glass in our French doors by chucking a toy car through it. Man, was that ever a PITA to fix.

Other than that...gosh, I can't think of much. The carpet is trashed, but that was incremental. lol.gif They drew on the walls more than once. DD cut her own hair. Oh, miniblinds. They have a thing about killing miniblinds.

Catscradle, I think some of this is inborn (some kids just have this...impulse to destroy) and some is parenting style, size of house, # of kids, etc. I think kids like yours who have all their stuff organized are rare and are generally more born than made. However, some of it is probably what you ler them play with. My kids have never harmed my cell phones, probably because honestly I never let them touch them (unless they are talking to someone while I stand right there). However, I know other people let their kids use them and that's their choice, YK?
post #44 of 53

An expensive gold Omega chain worth about 1000 dollars.  When I yelled "OMG!! That thing cost almost 1000 dollars!" My son's (5yo at the time) reply was "When did you used to be rich?" 

 

and a laptop "Hey mom, look, these two magnets hold together through your computer!!"

 

And I've got a few names carved into some nice pieces of furniture.  It's always funny how they try to deny doing thoseeyesroll.gif

post #45 of 53

My daughter has never broken anything - very careful.

 

My youngest son, however, now has a complex about glass.  He has broken three windows, a mirror and one glass cabinet case.  2 years old he was playing kitty scratching at the window (didn't know his own strength). At 3 years old my oldest son wouldn't let him in the door and his fist cracked the glass knocking.  The same window got it half a year later with a snowball and it broke all the way.  This year (at age 6, just before turning 7) in the same month, he cracked one window (played frisbee, aimed wide), broke a mirror (doing a "ninja move") and broke the cabinet door (play acting being a knight)  He hasn't really broken anything else, and was desperately sorry (even willing to help do work in lieu of pay) these last three incidents.  He says the "glass doesn't like him".

 

When our oldest son was a toddler we couldn't look away one second.  He was always putting stuff into and onto things - cheese slices in the VCR, potatoes in the washing machine, juice in the keyboard, his name on the wall.  Like the OP, everything was up (mostly on the fridge and on top of cupboards).  He was pretty school age before anything was safe (I had to take him to the bathroom with me - it was that bad).

post #46 of 53

My 5 year old has shut the garage door twice on my minivan trunk while it's still open. Just reinforces why I wanted to buy a used car. Of course each time it was an accident and otherwise my 2 don't really destroy anything. For the most part they're pretty careful.

post #47 of 53

My son has not destroyed much :-) Except my favorite poster. It's the Flaming June poster, that I had rolled up stored in the closet. DS had randomly decided to wrap something as a gift and cut up the poster for the gift wrap. I was devastedly shocked for the first 10 seconds but then realized I had to completely let the situation go..... If I was 4 I would have thought it was wrapping paper too. And the gift was for me, so that kinds melted my heart.

 

Now the cats on the other hand - naughty, naughty, naughty !

 

Rhianna

post #48 of 53
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My son has not destroyed much :-) Except my favorite poster. It's the Flaming June poster, that I had rolled up stored in the closet. DS had randomly decided to wrap something as a gift and cut up the poster for the gift wrap. I was devastedly shocked for the first 10 seconds but then realized I had to completely let the situation go..... If I was 4 I would have thought it was wrapping paper too. And the gift was for me, so that kinds melted my heart.

 

Now the cats on the other hand - naughty, naughty, naughty !

 

Rhianna


Tell me about it!  Our 11-month-old kitten has caused more mayhem than I'd like to acknowledge.  We love her, though!
 

 

post #49 of 53
My first child broke a recliner, and now my second child has followed suit and has also broken a recliner.
post #50 of 53

the bathroom sink (I walked in to find a HOLE in it...and no one would fess up)

two toilets

a recliner (no longer  recliner if you catch my drift)

multiple walls....drawn on, holes put in them, etc....

a bed room rug

numerous movies

the entire contents of my makeup bag

plenty of books

a fridge

2 coffee tables

a weedeater

many potted plants

my organic wildflower garden

my laptop is missing 8 keys

a guitar

two beds

three dresser drawers

 trampoline

 

etc etc etc

I have 5 boys. I fear it will only get worse as they get bigger and more creative......I now seriously only buy furniture that i SOLID and indestructible. lol I own a coffee table that I find frankly ugly, but that baby will still be standing after the ten billionth leap off of the top of it when somone believes themselves capable of flight. :)I jokingly tell ppl we plan on buying a home that is mad out of solidconcrete, funiture and all. lol We are currently trailer-dwelling.....do they make these walls out of cardboard or what? :)

My favorite are the names written on walls. The person WITH the name ALWAYS denies it. One time I became a detective and matched the writingto the culprit in an elaborate line-up scene. The next day that exact same child wrote "Mommy" on a wall and accused ME. Not kidding. Theyre not just destructible, theyre smart too. grrrrrrrr


Edited by Tonia Starr - 8/8/11 at 4:22am
post #51 of 53

My husband is self-employed.  About a year ago, he got a great deal online and bought himself his first brand-new (not second-hand or refurbished) laptop, for work.  He'd only had it 2 weeks when our 2-y-o son threw a toy all the way across the room, hitting a coffee mug on my husband's desk at just the perfect angle to pour the coffee all over the laptop keyboard.  (Thankfully, the computer was replaced under warranty!)
 

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...It makes me wonder how Victorian families preserved so many heirlooms.

 

I'm pretty sure Victorian families are the root of most of our modern psychoses!  Not only did they manage to keep homes that seem cluttered with pretty little ornate, decorative, flouncy things, but they expected even toddlers in high chairs to eat neatly.  No one could possibly pull that off, without instilling some serious psychological damage to their children, could they?

post #52 of 53
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My favorite are the names written on walls. The person WITH the name ALWAYS denies it. One time I became a detective and matched the writing to the culprit in an elaborate line-up scene. The next day that exact same child wrote "Mommy" on a wall and accused ME. Not kidding.
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post #53 of 53
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My favorite are the names written on walls. The person WITH the name ALWAYS denies it. One time I became a detective and matched the writingto the culprit in an elaborate line-up scene. The next day that exact same child wrote "Mommy" on a wall and accused ME. Not kidding. Theyre not just destructible, theyre smart too. grrrrrrrr



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