Join Date: Oct 2007
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For keeping your head clear (ha! sometimes, anyway) does it help to think about why she is doing such and such? 18 months is pretty much right in the middle of "figuring out cause and effect" time, isn`t it? So, in throwing things, in addition to just liking the physical action of throwing, she is checking out "what happens if I do this?" In her world, things are going something like:
okay, let`t see what hapens if I throw this nice thingy mommy gave me. neat - hear that pretty shattering sound! now what if I try this - ooooo clunk, clunk, clunk! and now mommy is playing, too, yay! I`ll throw this and see what she does! Wow, that is a new sound. Will she do it again, if I throw this, I wonder?" and on, and on, and on, because that is one way wee ones learn about the world.
Redirecting to socks sounds like a great idea. If your little one is mellow enough, that alone might do the trick. If she is of a more persistent bent, removing breakables sounds like a good way to keep the peace!