I know how you feel about frustration. This week I took almost all of the boys toys away and put them in boxes and stuff. With their help! He does ask for them back every day but they are still away. It has raised his creativity to play.
Shane - living the open life
Also- while it is important that your home be safe I don't know if removing everything is the answer. Your child won't always be just in your house. If he has no exposure to a "real" living room you are going to be a nervous reck being in someone else's home. We only removed the things that were be irreplacable if broken. Other than that our house looks the same as it did pre-baby. We have outlet plugs, electril cord shortners, mini blind cords,furniture straps etc. However none of those things are a green light to play. Even with those things we are (slowly) teaching him not climb on the TV hutch, don't pull on the lamp cord, etc. Real life doesn't have rooms with just a couch and some toys!
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I say if a kid is using a toy in a harmful way then it has to go. We put it in time oput for a week or two. If they keep using it inapropriately then it just has to go. I sympathize with my children whenit goes but none the less, they obviously can't resiost the temptation to turn into something dangerous so i am doing it for thier own good. I don't have time to stand over them every second and it is important that they are safe. They have the choise to either use thier toys in a safe way or give them up.
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
i make my older son keep ALL his small toys/parts etc away from the baby. all small dangerous toys are kept in my older son's room. i felt SO GUILTY about this at first, but safety is most important.
sometimes you do have to remove objects from view, at least for a while. once they are around 3 years old you can reason with them a LOT better though.
"All you fascists are bound to lose" — Woody Guthrie
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and no we dont have gigantic living rooms - it took most of the space and it worked really well esp. since in new england it gets hard to do the outside thing