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I'm so exhausted. My 2 y/o is a very energetic, bright little boy. Me and dh, we're working opposite shifts so we can be with him all the time (actually, dh is a student). So when I get home at 5 pm, I'm alone with ds, I feed him, bathe him, put him to bed while dh is at school.<br>
Ds likes to explore and get into everything. Like flicking the light switch a million times a day, taking things out of the drawers, smearing my face cream all over the place and writing on the walls. We're constantly redirecting him and telling him "no". He doesn't listen to us.<br>
I realize he doesn't behave like that to annoy us, but because he's bored sometimes and he wants to play with us. We do our best to keep him busy, my dh takes him to a playgroup twice a week, we have playdates, go to the movies occasionally and go out at least once a day. While we're at home with him we play together, read (he can already read half of the alphabet and all the numbers from 0 to 9).<br>
Anyone in the same boat? Is this just a phase? Any advice for us?<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm so exhausted. My 2 y/o is a very energetic, bright little boy. Me and dh, we're working opposite shifts so we can be with him all the time (actually, dh is a student). So when I get home at 5 pm, I'm alone with ds, I feed him, bathe him, put him to bed while dh is at school.<br>
Ds likes to explore and get into everything. Like flicking the light switch a million times a day, taking things out of the drawers, smearing my face cream all over the place and writing on the walls. We're constantly redirecting him and telling him "no". He doesn't listen to us.<br>
I realize he doesn't behave like that to annoy us, but because he's bored sometimes and he wants to play with us. We do our best to keep him busy, my dh takes him to a playgroup twice a week, we have playdates, go to the movies occasionally and go out at least once a day. While we're at home with him we play together, read (he can already read half of the alphabet and all the numbers from 0 to 9).<br>
Anyone in the same boat? Is this just a phase? Any advice for us?<br>
I'm so exhausted. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sleeping.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sleeping"></div>
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Hi! It sounds like you and your son could really benefit from a "Yes! Environment." Ask yourself, what's the harm in letting him flick the lights? Kids love being able to have control over things and flicking lights is usually good clean fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> As for the drawers, how about moving things around so that nonbreakable things are in drawers he can reach and just let him explore? Flicking lights and playing in drawers are both common and short lived. My son is only 2.5 and he's already way past those stages <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
~Nay
 

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I wanted to ditto what the previous poster said about creating a YES environment, although I've never heard it phrased that way!<br><br>
The flicking of the lightswitch bugs me, too, but my 2 y/o loves it. I got tired of lifting her so I gave her a stepstool. I moved my stuff out of her reach and filled the lower drawers with things that she can play with.<br><br>
Before saying NO, ask yourself if there is really harm in what he's doing. If the answer is yes, then think about removing that item from his reach thereby removing temptation.
 
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