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post #21 of 39
I've been avoiding this thread out of fear. Now I'm even more scared. My girls are turning 2 next Thursday (how did that happen?) and so far I have been really lucky. There was an incident with a dark blue crayon on my light blue sofa, but I flipped the cushions over and when I flipped them back weeks later to clean them, it magically had disappeared (rubbed in, I guess). They like to pull wipes out of the container, but they haven't managed to get to what we call "tushie goop" here. I am totally jinxing myself by posting this, aren't I?
post #22 of 39
I seriously call mine the Master and Mistress of Destruction. I think that since there are two or three of them at the same age, they have twice or three times as many ideas about how to get into things. It's like a gigantic brainstorming session of chaos and havoc. I can't turn our couch cushions over anymore-- I'm out of unstained sides!
post #23 of 39
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We call ours the Dynamic Destructive Duo...
post #24 of 39
This all sounds about right... lol


Today my girls got into the fridge and got out all the grated cheese and piled it on top of their mermaid figurines - it was the seaweed! Fortunately, now that they are four they want to also clean up. They don't do it well, but they get it started before running off to tear up, err be creative, with some other part of the house.
post #25 of 39
I was totally shocked when my dd was a toddler. After her brothers I just sort of assumed it was normal to have to keep everything in the house under lock & key. The things they did were SO not funny at the time but after all these years they do amuse me. Hang in there - it really will get better!
post #26 of 39
My girls will be two soon and this thread scares me! Maybe since we don't have any other kids at home to pick up from? I let them roam the house, don't keep everything under lock and key, took all my gates down and only have my toilets/cabinets locked because I figure one day it'll interest them.
post #27 of 39
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Originally Posted by BirthFree View Post
What about the person who left it open (whatever "it" is - or if no one admits to it, all non-Mom people are assigned to it) have to clean up whatever mess it was (the whole deal - like wash the clothes, fold and put them away, sweep the floor, wipe whatever up, etc.). No exceptions.

Seems like that would help their memory.

If it were me I'd make florescent signs and post them at eye level on each door (with velcro tape or whatever) saying, "PLEASE, remember to close this door!!" so that they couldn't say they didn't know it needed to be shut.

I would also get together some sort of sensory play together for the little ones. Hair gel in the bathtub before bath; shaving cream (when stripped down) at the dining room table; a tupperware box of beans (or rice) and cans, smaller tupperware and measuring cups to pour them back and forth; an old coffee can and playsilks and other things stuffed inside; a can of water and a paintbrush outside on the concrete, etc.

Lastly, I'm NOT in your shoes, but I commiserate... I hope you find some help from your family happens quickly!
Yep, if the older kids left it open, or let the twins make the mess without alerting you. . They clean it up!!

That said, I have pulled out 12 rolls of toilet paper out of the toilet this week!! (and cleaned 2 lbs of rice off the floor, but it kept them busy for a while, sigh).
post #28 of 39
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OK, so 2 isn't easier than 1? lol
I didn't say THAT! ANYTHING is better than 1 - IMHO
post #29 of 39
BTDT...and it does get better, I promise.

I do still have moments of (edited, of course) "WTF were you THINKING!" when the twin plus older sister synergy gets going and they carelessly destroy things or just do something thoughtless. But I can have more of a sense of humor about it now that it only happens maybe 3-4 times a year.

My advice is to keep a digicam handy so you can show their boyfriends/girlfriends the mayhem when they're teenagers and college age. Plus, there's something about being on the opposite side of the camera that can really help diffuse anger. There really is something to the idea that you either have to laugh, or kill them.
post #30 of 39
Thread Starter 
Yes, every time I catch them, I'm trying to get their pictures...at least then I have to laugh and it's not so horrid.
post #31 of 39
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That said, I have pulled out 12 rolls of toilet paper out of the toilet this week!!
Thank goodness my dh's family business was plumbing - one of my boys had an obsession with putting things down the toilet. I never would have been able to afford to pay someone to come out & clear the pipes as often as dh had to.
post #32 of 39
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Oh that reminds me, we had weeks of putting things in the toilet and the sink and having to call the plumber repeatedly. Huh, I totally blocked that from my memory. And their last toilet escapade was turing off the water to the toilet .
post #33 of 39
Today DH was late to work because of the Nor'Easter we got. (8 inches of snow woohoo!!) and we happened to end up in the bathroom for an over lapping 5 minutes while he showered and i was running the blow dryer. Then it hits both of us simultaneously, that we have left the 4 year old in charge of 2 one year old hell raisers!! Today was obviously a responsible-thinking- day for her because she was running up the stairs as I bolted from the bathroom to make sure nobody had started any floods or fires. She was too out of breath to tell me what was going on, but she gasped out the words kitchen, and babies....


They had managed to knock the recycling bin off the top of the dog food container, get the locking lid off, and they were not only throwing handfuls of kibble everywhere, they we stuffing handfuls into their mouths!!!

Did I mention we are all vegetarians? oh yeah, and then my dog food breath boys immediately asked for nursing (gag). Apparently eating dog food makes you thirsty.
post #34 of 39
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They had managed to knock the recycling bin off the top of the dog food container, get the locking lid off, and they were not only throwing handfuls of kibble everywhere, they we stuffing handfuls into their mouths!!!

Did I mention we are all vegetarians? oh yeah, and then my dog food breath boys immediately asked for nursing (gag). Apparently eating dog food makes you thirsty.
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post #35 of 39
Dog food breath boys : Oh what I have to look forward to!
post #36 of 39
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They had managed to knock the recycling bin off the top of the dog food container, get the locking lid off, and they were not only throwing handfuls of kibble everywhere, they we stuffing handfuls into their mouths!!!

Did I mention we are all vegetarians? oh yeah, and then my dog food breath boys immediately asked for nursing (gag). Apparently eating dog food makes you thirsty.
Oh Yes, my twins absolutely LOVE getting into the LOCKED container of dog food and throwing it all over. We're, thankfully, past the stage of eating the dog food. I remember one time I asked Tehila what she had in her mouth and she opened it and it was dog food :Puke. I about lost it.

Maybe they asked to nurse because dog food is salty...
post #37 of 39
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FWIW . . . it is my observation that the mischevious actions of same age siblings are wholly incongruous to the actions of any one of those children on their own. . . . .

In other words . . . . any one of my triplets when separated from their siblings is a relatively easy going and easy to handle child. However, when grouped together 2 or all 3 -- the child in the "group" is almost unrecognizable to the child on his own. They will do things together that they would NEVER dream of on their own. They will act out, tantrum, etc. together in a way that I'd never see with the child individually.
I totally agree with this! I have actually followed my boys when they leave the room (without them noticing me) and they go towards some no-no place like the fish tank, and both stare for a little while, the little one is pushing the big one closer and closer, etc, until they are lifting the lid and about to throw stuff inside.

That being said, my experience has been that at 18 months my boys were really really difficult, at 2 they were really easy! and now at almost 2 1/2 they are impossible...
post #38 of 39
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That being said, my experience has been that at 18 months my boys were really really difficult, at 2 they were really easy! and now at almost 2 1/2 they are impossible...
Hear! Hear! My DD is impossible around her 1/2 birthdays. (Note: we are rapidly closing in on 4.5, so wish me luck and send me strength) So far the boys are trending that was as well.
post #39 of 39
Rivka, mine are only 13 months but they get into everything also. They team up to complete tasks when 1 cannot do it alone. They cant be unsupervised for even a minute. its exhausting!! they have learned how to unlock and open the front door and have tried escaping on many occasions. Like i said, cant take my eyes off of them. *yawn*
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