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ugh! *books* THE Draco Malfoy 1 child; Tennessee 19885 posts
20th Jun '13

DD has loved books since about 9 months old. Most of the ones she has are cardboard, yet she's managing to tear them up. she got one for Easter, within a month, had it torn in half, a wk later in 3, and now 4...there were only like 6 pages. :( i love that she loves books but hate that she's tearing them up (she's not being destructive or trying to tear them, she just carries them around). So here's my questions.
1. Do i take them and only read them to her, putting them up till she's bigger, or do i just let her keep playing with them?
2. if you've had to fix books like these, what do you use to fix them?

GrumpsMama 1 child; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 16073 posts
20th Jun '13

Take them away, until she can be responsible with them.
It's honestly common sense.

THE Draco Malfoy 1 child; Tennessee 19885 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting GrumpsMama:" Take them away, until she can be responsible with them. It's honestly common sense. "

i don't see it that way. she loves them so much it kind of seems mean to just take them away. which is also why i asked what i can fix them with.

user banned 1 child; :), :), United States 5380 posts
20th Jun '13

Take them away until she knows how to take care of them. It's not like she can read them on her own. Right now they are just toys that she wants to tear up. My DD can't mess with her books without eating the corners off...

ILOVEWINE Due April 24; 2 kids; Sweden 10814 posts
20th Jun '13

I would let her have like 10-15 that she can use herself, then put all the rest up. I have like 50 on the top book shelf and then l
Around 20 on the bottom that are just "kids" books.

THE Draco Malfoy 1 child; Tennessee 19885 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting Abby Normal:" Take them away until she knows how to take care of them. It's not like she can read them on her own. ... [snip!] ... own. Right now they are just toys that she wants to tear up. My DD can't mess with her books without eating the corners off..."

she mostly just looks at them and brings them to people to read them. when she tears them it's by accident...i guess i might just have to take the surviving ones away...though i didn't want to...:?

THE Draco Malfoy 1 child; Tennessee 19885 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting ILOVEWINE:" I would let her have like 10-15 that she can use herself, then put all the rest up. I have like 50 on the top book shelf and then l Around 20 on the bottom that are just "kids" books."


she has like 5-10 "kids" books, and like 3 "real" books. i let her play with the kid books and have the rest put up in her room.

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3279 posts
20th Jun '13

Books belong on a bookshelf unless they are being read/looked at. They are not toys to carry around. Never too early to start teaching her this. We read a book, it goes back on the shelf. If she gets upset when you take it away, just replace it with something soft and explain that books are not toys.

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
20th Jun '13

Are you talking about full on board books? Like you can't even bend the pages unless you strong armed them? How is she able to tear those up? If she's THAT destructive just carrying them around, it would be better to keep them up where she can't get them and bring them out only to read.

ILOVEWINE Due April 24; 2 kids; Sweden 10814 posts
20th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting THE Draco Malfoy:</b>" she has like 5-10 "kids" books, and like 3 "real" books. i let her play with the kid books and have the rest put up in her room."</blockquote>




I would let her have them. I'm ok with buying unlimited books, so maybe look for good deals? I dunno I would never restrict something like that

THE Draco Malfoy 1 child; Tennessee 19885 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting Drunk Blair Waldorf:" Are you talking about full on board books? Like you can't even bend the pages unless you strong armed ... [snip!] ... just carrying them around, it would be better to keep them up where she can't get them and bring them out only to read."

yes those. opening and closing them wears out the spines to the point she barely pulls and they come apart, that's how much she looks at them.

user banned 1 child; :), :), United States 5380 posts
20th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting THE Draco Malfoy:</b>" she mostly just looks at them and brings them to people to read them. when she tears them it's by accident...i guess i might just have to take the surviving ones away...though i didn't want to...:?"</blockquote>



You could tape every inch of each individual page, or only buy her the super thick cardboard books. Not much else you can do besides teach her how to use books correctly.

THE Draco Malfoy 1 child; Tennessee 19885 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting ILOVEWINE:" <blockquote><b>Quoting THE Draco Malfoy:</b>" she has like 5-10 "kids" books, and ... [snip!] ... have them. I'm ok with buying unlimited books, so maybe look for good deals? I dunno I would never restrict something like that"

kinda what i was thinking.

THE Draco Malfoy 1 child; Tennessee 19885 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting Abby Normal:" <blockquote><b>Quoting THE Draco Malfoy:</b>" she mostly just looks at them and brings ... [snip!] ... page, or only buy her the super thick cardboard books. Not much else you can do besides teach her how to use books correctly."

those are the ones i'm talking about.

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3279 posts
20th Jun '13

Oh and maybe get her some fabric books for carrying around.