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Sooo.. opinions! Y O . M A M A 1 child; Virginia 1620 posts
13th Jul

Good afternoon ladies! DD is 4, almost 5 (end of next month) and she just absolutely loves to color on things...such as walls, tv, and everything. ugh! Also, she will get into nail polish (even when put up) and puts it on her baby dolls and stuffed animals...and gets into stuff no matter how away you put it! Its just getting a little out of control and I am at a loss for what to do next, or discipline wise. Just want to get some advice from moms who have been thru this. Its hard to take things away because I tell her that I will take something away and she just goes "that's okay, i don't want it" etc. (which i was the SAME exact way when I was a child / even the marking on the wall) but I am just trying to figure out a way to put this to a stop so once i get my walls painted they dont' get ruined!! Thanks in advance! :)

Jenny&Boopy 2 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7167 posts
13th Jul

DS wrote all over the walls and furniture when he was about 5. I made him clean it up and he never did it again! He was also grounded from tv and friends coming over for a few days.

Y O . M A M A 1 child; Virginia 1620 posts
13th Jul

Very well! How did it come off? Like my walls are so bad they HAVE to be repainted! She even got nail polish on the walls too! :(

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
13th Jul

Make her clean it up and throw away crayons and markers and stuff like that. She's not old enough to use them, clearly. If you WANT her to have that stuff, get the color wonder stuff from Crayola that only colors on the special paper.



As for the nail polish, you're probably going to have to get a lock for a cabinet and keep the key on you.



And any toys she's ruined with that stuff, you should get rid of it. She needs to learn that her things need to be taken care of nicely or they go away. Soon she won't have anything to play with if she keeps ruining her stuff.



Once she stops the destructive behavior and can show that she takes care of what's left, she can earn new toys back.

I♥RYLEIGH 49 kids; Windsor, Ontario 10431 posts
13th Jul

Child proof locks

user banned 2 kids; Minnesota 7318 posts
13th Jul

Probably an obvious solution that you've already tried, but does she have a lot of acceptable options available? A big pile of paper next to the crayons, posterboard on the walls, put up a chalkboard, do doll manicures often when you can supervise closely, leave an easel up for her to paint with.

Jenny&Boopy 2 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7167 posts
13th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting Y O . M A M A:</b>" Very well! How did it come off? Like my walls are so bad they HAVE to be repainted! She even got nail polish on the walls too! :("</blockquote>




I was lucky and he just used pencil. So Chlorox wipes worked. Did you try those mr clean magic eraser things? They seem to clean up lots of stuff. Or just some dawn in warm water, that gets stains out of my carpet all the time so I'd imagine it'd clean the wall nicely too.

Jenny&Boopy 2 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7167 posts
13th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting Drunk Blair Waldorf:</b>" Make her clean it up and throw away crayons and markers and stuff like that. She's not old enough to ... [snip!] ... stuff. Once she stops the destructive behavior and can show that she takes care of what's left, she can earn new toys back."</blockquote>



Omg yes!! Those Crayola things that only color on the special paper are fantastic!

Y O . M A M A 1 child; Virginia 1620 posts
13th Jul
Quoting Drunk Blair Waldorf:" Make her clean it up and throw away crayons and markers and stuff like that. She's not old enough to ... [snip!] ... stuff. Once she stops the destructive behavior and can show that she takes care of what's left, she can earn new toys back."


This! Yes, I have gotten rid of the the stuffed animals and dolls and the other day she was playing with like a knee high of my moms, and I was thinking omg my child is playing with a knee high and I felt terrible, but I am not going to keep throwing away money by buying stuff that she just keeps ruining. She just goes thru those books that can only be marked on with the certain markers, but I just saw they have blank paper for that stuff! So I will try that and she is going to have to earn new toys back!

Y O . M A M A 1 child; Virginia 1620 posts
13th Jul
Quoting Chim Richalds:" Probably an obvious solution that you've already tried, but does she have a lot of acceptable options ... [snip!] ... walls, put up a chalkboard, do doll manicures often when you can supervise closely, leave an easel up for her to paint with."


She does minus the chalkboard and posters on the wall...She has so many coloring books and paper she can color on... and She gets all the attention in the world! So I am not sure... she, I guess is just going to be ultra artistic everywhere lol. but Thank you for the other ideas!!

ash.griffin Due August 1; Round Rock, Texas 21 posts
13th Jul

Have you tried community programs for kids that have crafts. Sometimes that stuff just needs to be channeled in a structured atmosphere. I know my public library has a craft day once a week for little ones.

Y O . M A M A 1 child; Virginia 1620 posts
13th Jul
Quoting ash.griffin:" Have you tried community programs for kids that have crafts. Sometimes that stuff just needs to be channeled ... [snip!] ... just needs to be channeled in a structured atmosphere. I know my public library has a craft day once a week for little ones."


I have not! but I am def going to check into that!! Thank you!!

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
13th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting ash.griffin:</b>" Have you tried community programs for kids that have crafts. Sometimes that stuff just needs to be channeled ... [snip!] ... just needs to be channeled in a structured atmosphere. I know my public library has a craft day once a week for little ones."</blockquote>




OT but I went to high school with a guy named Ashley Griffin. Lol.