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At my wits end! Andi+Andy=Marley+1 2 kids; Fredericksburg, Virginia 4564 posts
24th Nov '12

DD is 4 and can't stop playing with the Christmas tree, ornaments, and decorations. It's really getting on nerves. I yell at her and she backs away for a few minutes and then goes messing with shut again. Losing small pieces, leaving decorations spread out on the floor, and taking ornaments off the tree. I told her if she touches anything again I am taking the Christmas tree down and packing the ornaments up. Would you guys do this? I'm giving her one more chance. Anything else I can do to make her stop? MIL gave me all these old decorations that they had from when DH was a little thing and she's already lost pieces to them.

user banned California 36390 posts
24th Nov '12

Can you put a gate around it? I think taking it down is fair.

scgALusc 3 kids; South Carolina 1714 posts
24th Nov '12

Idk about taking the whole tree down, maybe just the decor? We didn't decorate our tree this year bc I know my 18m old will think all the bulbs are balls. We only put up a few decorations she can't reach.

scgALusc 3 kids; South Carolina 1714 posts
24th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jude the Super k******r:</b>" Can you put a gate around it? I think taking it down is fair."</blockquote>




This to! I didn't think of a gate.

Andi+Andy=Marley+1 2 kids; Fredericksburg, Virginia 4564 posts
24th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jude the Super k******r:</b>" Can you put a gate around it? I think taking it down is fair."</blockquote>




Even if I had a gate she could get around it.



I guess I could try keeping the tree up and taking all the ornaments off and pack them away with the decoration.



I seriously want to rip my hair out!

DannyPete&MaggieKate's Ma 2 kids; Weymouth, Massachusetts 4325 posts
24th Nov '12

Just put all the breakable ornaments on the top. Think about it...the more you tell her no the more tempting it is! I felt the same way last year with my 2.5 year old....in the end I just let him do whatever and he eventually got bored with it.

user banned 1 child; Germany 12377 posts
24th Nov '12

I would put my kid in timeout every single time, and would not take down the tree. Or some people decorate just the top half, and let their kid decorate the bottom half with homemade stuff. DD is almost 4 and is more obedient than that, so I don't say this from personal experience but when she doesn't behave she gets timeouts.

Lacie Heethuis-Roy Due November 23; Caledonia, Michigan 441 posts
24th Nov '12

id take all the decorations off except the lights and the star at the top or what ever u have on top