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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post

Several people have said that the OP shouldn't be sleeping when her kids are awake. How, exactly, does one ensure that that doesn't happen? .)
Co sleep....
post #82 of 164
My two-year-old likes to make messes too - but none as spectacular as that! It's amazing how fast they can be. He threw about 8 eggs down the stairs while I put in a load of laundry. Lately he likes to siphon out the fish tank - it only takes a couple of minutes to get a few gallons all over the floor. Never had any such problems with my daughter - just my crazy, busy little boy. We seriously can't leave him alone for more than 30 seconds - he is THAT fast with the mayhem.

So yeah, we have lots and lots of locks in our house. And there's still more that we need to put on since he now climbs to get the unlocked ones higher up.

I think our kids will be excellent problem solvers, though!
post #83 of 164
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It is sad to read that so many moms would 'lose it'.
When I said I would explode I didn't mean I would like beat my kids or something if that's how you're taking it. I meant I would sit in a corner and cry or something because that is going to be A LOT of work to clean up and her sofas couldve been ruined. I understand that kids like to have fun and experiment and all that, but they also need to learn to respect other people's belongings don't you think?
post #84 of 164
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Co sleep....
I'm glad this works for you. Someone is always awake with my children because my partner doesn't leave for work until I'm up. But, there have been many, many times that my co-sleeping son (4.5) wakes up but my daughter is still sleeping and needs me there in order to keep sleeping (or vice versa). But, if my son stayed in the room, he would wake my dd. My point is, co-sleeping may work very well for you to keep your child(ren) supervised but everyone's situation and family is different. Please consider that things may be different than you experience before posting such a limited response.
post #85 of 164
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Co sleep....
Not every one does this or has kids that will. DD coslept with us untill around 2 years and then declared her own space now even if she falls asleep with us she will wake and go into her own room she will not colseep. None of the doors lock around here anyways and cause its a rental we can't add any. She and DH are early risers I'm not. DH also likes going for early walks so he'll wake her up (with his noise) and then leave. When she was younger I'd go downstairs turn on Dora and kinda semi sleep while she played. Depending on her morning mood I do the same now. She wont get anything from the kitchen with out permisssion (just how she is) though so I don't really worry too much though any noise will get me checking.
post #86 of 164
Haha, too funny. I know, not really... but it reminds me of my aunt's picture of her triplets, they were covered head to toe in Desitin one day.

The judgment in this thread is sad.
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Haha, too funny. I know, not really... but it reminds me of my aunt's picture of her triplets, they were covered head to toe in Desitin one day.
At least they wouldn't get sunburned!
post #88 of 164
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Co sleep....
I've coslept with all of my kids. When I'm really, really tired, I can sleep right through one of them getting out of bed.
post #89 of 164
Thread Starter 
Tot locks just plain can't be installed on the cabinets where the food is. Do I think they'd solve the problem anyways? Nope. For 2 reasons...one, DS would find the key, or we would not remember to put it somewhere "safe" every night....two, we would likely lose said key altogether and be starving in the morning!!!

Thanks for all the help and suggestions here...most have been understanding and helpful. And yeah it IS funny...and it will be even funnier once I'm done getting the couch covers done in the wash and scrubbing any more residue out of the carpet (there were a couple wet spots that now have "dough" stuck in them ).

Oh...in case anyone was wondering...I now I have proof that the Dyson DOES lose suction. I guess they didn't plan for someone to vacuum up about 15lbs of flour in one morning!!!!
post #90 of 164
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I'm glad this works for you. Someone is always awake with my children because my partner doesn't leave for work until I'm up. But, there have been many, many times that my co-sleeping son (4.5) wakes up but my daughter is still sleeping and needs me there in order to keep sleeping (or vice versa). But, if my son stayed in the room, he would wake my dd. My point is, co-sleeping may work very well for you to keep your child(ren) supervised but everyone's situation and family is different. Please consider that things may be different than you experience before posting such a limited response.
She asked for ideas...I offered mine. Please consider that things may be different than you experience before posting such a limited response.
post #91 of 164
Oh no I hope your vacuum isn't ruined!
post #92 of 164
Thread Starter 
Luckily it comes apart and cleans very easily!!
post #93 of 164
Glad your day is looking up, True Blue.
post #94 of 164
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Luckily it comes apart and cleans very easily!!
True, you are handling this like a champ! That picture makes me every time I look at it. Those little legs up on the couch just add to the charm of it all!
post #95 of 164
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I understand that kids like to have fun and experiment and all that, but they also need to learn to respect other people's belongings don't you think?
Yes, but screaming and swearing at them will not teach them respect for people's belongings. It's bound to create fear and undermine any teachings of self-control, iykwim.

I wasn't talking about the mama's who would cry, but the one's who would scream and swear at their children.
post #96 of 164
When I was viewing the picture on Kodak's site they had a thing at the bottom showing what it would look like on a mug and that just made me laugh really hard. I think you should order that mug!
post #97 of 164
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When I was viewing the picture on Kodak's site they had a thing at the bottom showing what it would look like on a mug and that just made me laugh really hard. I think you should order that mug!
That would be hilarious! I can actually see myself enjoying sitting back and sipping my coffee from that cup...after a while.
post #98 of 164
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Oh...in case anyone was wondering...I now I have proof that the Dyson DOES lose suction. I guess they didn't plan for someone to vacuum up about 15lbs of flour in one morning!!!!
True Blue, wash the filter (the sponge-type thing). I clogged ours up once vacuuming flour, and after some calls to customer service, they finally decided the filter needed to be washed. It made a HUGE difference.

And Hugs about the mess, and when you're all done, give them a hug. My ds at least would be freaked out by what he'd done. The good news is, that after talking about how awful this was and so on, they'll probably be a lot more restrained in the morning!
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post #100 of 164
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Originally Posted by MamaInTheBoonies View Post
Yes, but screaming and swearing at them will not teach them respect for people's belongings. It's bound to create fear and undermine any teachings of self-control, iykwim.

I wasn't talking about the mama's who would cry, but the one's who would scream and swear at their children.
Yeah, well, I don't think a single, isolated "What the hell is THIS!?!?" is going to send anybody's child into years of therapy.

I mean, seriously. Mamas have emotions, too. And yeah, they might say things they aren't insanely happy about saying later, when they are in the heat of the moment -- the discovery of this huge, horrible, wasteful mess.

But I think it's pretty honest that people are replying that they would be likely to react strongly initially.

This isn't exactly a daily event. It's a HUGE thing that in all likelihood will never happen again. An outraged outburst is completely understandable and normal in this isolated situation.

If you're still ranting and raving twenty minutes later, that's another thing. But a strong, emotional, ANGRY immediate reaction? Did you SEE that picture? I don't think it's fair to judge any mama for having one, or for honestly admitting that she probably would.

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