I've been reading posts from the forum about how everyone deals with climbing, and most say "let it happen." But I have a question. So far, my 21 month old DD has not been allowed to climb on things because we are mostly in the kitchen/dining area (one big room) so climbing means A) onto the counter with everything on it that can't get moved B) onto the stove C) onto the top of the couch then over the rail of our split level or D) on top of her high chair and standing on the tray. There's no "safe" climbing areas except maybe the table (*sigh*).
So we've been stopping her every time but nothing is working and she's getting worse and more terrible two-ish. What do you guys think I should do? Time out is a game to her at the moment, telling her no firmly doesnt help, playing outside doesnt help, and can I back peddle since for about 6 months now I've been saying No?
Just to clarify, it's not the falling part I am afraid of, the only reason she climbs is to get into things and I just can't clear every counter in our entire kitchen. Not possible, so how can I let her climb when it's all about getting things she shouldnt have. She is a GRABBER. Anything close to the edge she grabs it.