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My DS is 15 months old and VERY active. Is there any way to make him stop doing certain things. He recently learned how to open the kitchen door (I can't get a child lock for this), pull out a kitchen chair, and then climb up on the table. He also pulls hair, constantly tries to grab eyeglasses, and kicks the dogs. We have tried to tell him no and remove him from the situation for about a month. That's not working, he just runs right back and does it again a minute later. I would love any suggestions you have. I really don't know what to do at this point!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead">
 

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Welcome to Toddlerville!<br><br>
You can't completely stop all of these things. Your little one sounds like a very smart and curious toddler. DS is 25 mos. and we dealt with almost all that too. He'd pull out the dinning chairs to climb up on the table. You have to just patiently put them down without being mean or making it look like fun. You have to keep doing this over and over until your DS has mastered this technique, gets bored, and moves on to something else (for us this lasted about a month <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ). Do the same with every time they open the door but maybe say "no" in a way he gets it's dangerous. Both my dog and DS now know they have to wait at the door for me to let them out because they know they can't just go out when they feel like it.<br><br>
When DS would grab my glasses I'd grab his little hands and just say "no" once. It didn't take him long for him to find out I was serious and he doesn't do it anymore. Now if he just sees my glasses laying around on a table or sofa he just brings them to me because he knows they're out of place.<br><br>
You need to also set boundaries with the dog. It is not acceptable for children to hit dogs. It's violent and could be dangerous if the dog gets fed up with it. At my house, I say "no, DS...NICE." That's it, simple and to the point.<br><br>
The key to all this is to be very patient and know this will all pass. Just keep saying no over and over and trust me, it will sink in. Your little one will enjoy knowing when he's doing the right thing (or he may sometimes obey but throw himself on the floor in protest) and you will be a good parent by setting rules and guidelines. Hang in there and remember, PATIENCE!<br><br>
Oh, I almost forgot. Little ones won't automatically know what no means just because you say it. You have to show them. Say no and show them that no means to stop something. Like if your kid hits the dog say no, grab DS' hand and show him the nice and gentle way to touch the dog. I still have to regularly "show" what no means to my 25 mo old.
 
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