Friday, November 09, 2012

climbing toddlers

Our dining table is one of the most used surfaces in our home.   We work, eat, gather with friends, lay folded laundry, clip coupons and read.  Well ,now we have to be careful with what goes on the table as Max and Miles have conquered it along with almost every other part of the house.  They made it to the summit by climbing on the chairs.  Parents out there... any advice to help keep them off? 
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10 comments:

Anns Art said...

...and that's just the start! lol.

anopensketchbook said...

Oh Ann! Don't say that!

Rosie_Kate said...

Ah, yes, what fun. Life with climbers. I have a friend who has folding chairs and puts them all away in a closet after every meal... I lean more toward teaching them not to do it, but well... that's not 100% reliable, of course. Good luck!

martinealison said...

Pas évident d'empêcher des petits "loups" de faire des découvertes !...
Dans une quinzaine de jours je vais aller m'occuper de mon petit-fils qui aura 2 ans le 25 novembre, je pense que cela ne vas être triste !...

Joli dessin...

Gros bisous

jax from the harmon squad said...

You should be proud that they are developing their problem solving skills! It's a good thing:) And Suzanne, do you not remember my thesis?? (nudge, nudge) You want your children to take risks now, when the consequences are (relatively) minor. But I feel you on the kitchen table, I do not like feet on my eating surface either. It's good to give them plenty of opportunities to get their "climbing out" though, but don't fret if they climb on everything. Because they will! (I found Nick at the top of an 8 foot ladder when he was 14 months.) The best thing I've found is to teach them how to land; Nick fell about 6 feet off the playground the other week but he landed on his feet with his knees bent (and then toppled over) so he survived the event unscathed. And good luck, you will definitely have your hands full with TWO climbers! :)

Annie Pazoo said...

LOL I agree with Ann. So true. Yes it's how they process and learn. Just the start. turning the table and all furniture upside down, rendering it unusable to all of you, may help. But what fun is that?!

Introverted Art said...

I hear they are like spider man!

webber.florida said...

Hmm my climber who reaches the summit of the fridge top is in college and still climbs-this time of course with biners and ropes. I could NOT ever get him not to climb so we opted for teaching safety and "not scaring mama". That worked most times.

MoolyBee said...

Move all the chairs away from the table.

Take the pool balls off the table. If it doesn't look interesting, less reason to get up there.

Don't make a huge deal out of where they get up to, it could turn into a reward "watch Mom freak when I do this..." Pick him up, put him down on the floor, walk away.

They're going to be boys, and they'll be good at it. We moved EVERYTHING five feet in the air with no access, but we had a high mantel so it was an easy fix.

Good luck!

rachelrheath said...

We try to push the chairs in but I don't always remember. The other day I heard myself say "No standing on top of the table. Sit down on your bottom, please." lol.