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He's driving me crazy. BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3681 posts
25th Apr '13

DS is almost 22 months and for the last week he has been driving me insane. He will trash everything he can all day. For example: I'll be folding laundry and he will run over and knock over the trash can so I go to clean that up and I can't even get the broom before he's over there knocking all my clothes piles in the floor, then I'll be picking those up and he will be pulling all the blankets and pillows off the couch. This goes on allllllll day. I tell him no, put him in time out etc.. Nothing has worked. I've been stern and consistent the whole time and its done nothing. I've even tried putting him in his high chair, getting him a snack and turning on a tv show and he will just scream the whole time. Is this just a stage? The only thing I can think is that when I'm trying to clean or whatever he doesn't have my attention. I can't get anything done.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
25th Apr '13

Does he still take a nap? If so, do that kind of stuff while he's napping.



I don't really know what to tell you; I'm dreading those stages..

Momlette~29weeks Due December 25 (girl); 2 kids; Ohio 25474 posts
25th Apr '13

Terrible 2s? lol Sounds like my son.

Cute&Wicked Due November 21; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Indianapolis, IN, United States 1143 posts
25th Apr '13

Try having him "help" you with the chores. Like give him a little broom and dust pan to play with while you sweep. Also try giving him his own little pile of laundry to fold. My sons DT told me that kids at that age are eager to please you. So tell him how much you like it when he helps mommy or what a good helper he is. You might not get to clean as well as you'd like buy it might help. I always do the heavy lifting when my boys are sleep, otherwise my house would look like an episode of hoarders:)

Naturally Alternative 34 kids; 2 angel babies; Lafayette, Louisiana 5653 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting Cute&Wicked:" Try having him "help" you with the chores. Like give him a little broom and dust pan to play with while ... [snip!] ... might help. I always do the heavy lifting when my boys are sleep, otherwise my house would look like an episode of hoarders:)"


This is a great idea.



He could be bored too though. Do ya'll do different activities or have you fallen into a routine? Maybe find a new activity for him to do while you do chores like arts and crafts.

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3681 posts
25th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MommyToWesley:</b>" Does he still take a nap? If so, do that kind of stuff while he's napping. I don't really know what to tell you; I'm dreading those stages.."</blockquote>




Yeah he takes a nap but we cosleep and he breastfeeds to sleep and if I move he wakes up so I can't really do it then either. Ugh! I hope this stage passes soon, I don't remember it with DD.

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3681 posts
25th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting *Momlette*:</b>" Terrible 2s? lol Sounds like my son. "</blockquote>




Sheesh, terrible 2's is what I figured. :/

3 little monsters 3 kids; Olathe, Colorado 50990 posts
25th Apr '13

Welcome to life with a toddler. They don't call it terrible two's for nothing. Anything that can be broken, thrown, knocked over and or completely destroyed will be. Put your valuables out of reach, practice therapy breathing and find a happy spot because you will be visiting it multiple times a day for the next year or so.

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3681 posts
25th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Cute&Wicked:</b>" Try having him "help" you with the chores. Like give him a little broom and dust pan to play with while ... [snip!] ... might help. I always do the heavy lifting when my boys are sleep, otherwise my house would look like an episode of hoarders:)"</blockquote>




I've tried that too. This morning I was letting him help me load the dish washer and he did good for a couple dishes but then just started throwing them in the floor.

Cute&Wicked Due November 21; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Indianapolis, IN, United States 1143 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting Naturally Alternative~26w:" This is a great idea. He could be bored too though. Do ya'll do different activities or have you fallen ... [snip!] ... activities or have you fallen into a routine? Maybe find a new activity for him to do while you do chores like arts and crafts."

I know my kiddo is getting bored. We tried putting some of his toys away for a few months so they will seem new again. I also been googleing my but off trying to find toddler friendly arts and crafts. Because I'll tell you, I'm getting a little sick of Mr. Potato Head myseld;)

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3681 posts
25th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting 3 little monsters:</b>" Welcome to life with a toddler. They don't call it terrible two's for nothing. Anything that can be broken, ... [snip!] ... practice therapy breathing and find a happy spot because you will be visiting it multiple times a day for the next year or so. "</blockquote>




Bahaha at the happy spot! I definitely need one of those and it's only been a week and he's not even two yet.

Cute&Wicked Due November 21; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Indianapolis, IN, United States 1143 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting 3 little monsters:" Welcome to life with a toddler. They don't call it terrible two's for nothing. Anything that can be broken, ... [snip!] ... practice therapy breathing and find a happy spot because you will be visiting it multiple times a day for the next year or so. "


I use to have a happy place called Boons Farm, but I can't visit there till I stop bf-ing8)

3 little monsters 3 kids; Olathe, Colorado 50990 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting Cute&Wicked:" Try having him "help" you with the chores. Like give him a little broom and dust pan to play with while ... [snip!] ... might help. I always do the heavy lifting when my boys are sleep, otherwise my house would look like an episode of hoarders:)"


I tried this and it just became a bigger hassle.



"Wait Mom has a bigger pile of dirt than me! I better go help because I'm an awesome helper. I bet if I spread it everywhere during the 2 seconds she isn't looking she will be so happy and grateful to sweep it up again. In fact I enjoy sweeping so much I am going to dump out this box of cereal she foolishly left on the table so we can have more fun sweeping! Man cleaning is fun, I wonder what else I can dump on the floor to clean?"

♥Mrs.Garcia 18 kids; Houston, Texas 13802 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting BRowell:" DS is almost 22 months and for the last week he has been driving me insane. He will trash everything ... [snip!] ... only thing I can think is that when I'm trying to clean or whatever he doesn't have my attention. I can't get anything doneGet


Get a big poster board and make a schedule that organizes your time. In the morning make sure he is fully stimulated by getting his outdoor play/physical activity and then make sure he gets one on one mommy time. If you do this often enough, it will become routine and you wont even think to look at the schedule. I'm telling you, THIS helps.



This is what our family's routine is.
8 am: Wash, dress, eat
9-10am: Outdoor activity
10-11am: Mommy and LO one-on-one time (ABCs, 123s)
11-11:45: Free play/ Mommy works
11:45: Prep lunch
12-12:30pm: Eat lunch
12:30-1:00pm: Household chores (Pick up after lunch... tidy up)
1-3pm: Nap time (Quiet time)/Mommy works
3:30pm: Snack time
4:30-5pm: Prep Dinner
5:30pm-6pm: Dinner
6-6:45pm :One-on-one time with daddy.
6:45pm: Start Bedtime routine.
Shower time/dress/lotion message
7:45pm Bedtime story
8pm Bedtime
8-9 Hubby and me time
9-11pm Me work



It really helps to have a set schedule so you can organize your time more effenciently and have enough time in the day to do everything that you need to do. I'm not saying you have to follow mine, it is only an example.



Also with displine.
Praise GOOD behavior ALWAYS
Give him a pile of washrags to fold to make him feel useful. Even if its not perfect. Get him involved. Praise the crap out of him.
If he starts not focusing, then do these thing during nap time. Once he has his fill of you, he should be okay.

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3681 posts
25th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Naturally Alternative~26w:</b>" This is a great idea. He could be bored too though. Do ya'll do different activities or have you fallen ... [snip!] ... activities or have you fallen into a routine? Maybe find a new activity for him to do while you do chores like arts and crafts."</blockquote>




Well, I guess we could have a routine going. We color and play with blocks and cars and look at books, sometimes watch movies. We also go outside, if its warm and play in the sand and little pool and we weed the garden, (he pulls my plants, I have multiples planted everywhere. Lol)



I'll have to look up some fun stuff and see if that distracts him long enough for me to get some stuff done.