What to do…

We have an issue.


Rather, Harper and I have an issue.

She likes to do fun things.

I like to stop her from doing fun things. Ya know, like eating the trash, licking the remote, beating on the table in public, trying to play with expensive statues in others homes. Sounds fun huh?

I’ve been perplexed on how to approach her. I’m not so sure spanking is the route I’m ready for right now. And I don’t even know if she would understand it.

Here’s what I’ve tried so far:

  • Holding her hands down when she beats the table. Then she screams like a banchee and we have to leave the restaurant.
  • Telling her no and redirecting her attention. She goes right back to what she wasn’t supposed to be doing.
  • I’ve tried telling her NO firmly in addition to smacking her hand. Yea that worked really well…she looked at me, giggled, and hit me back thinking it was a game.
  • I’ve tried putting her in her crib, but that’s for sleep and she knows it, so she goes to sleep…at the wrong times of day, screwing up the nap schedule!
  • I even let her experiment with the stairs she always screams to get to. (there’s 3 of them total) and she toppled down 2. I thought maybe that was a lesson, but after seeing her go right back to what she was doing, I doubt it.

Any suggestions? Is she just too young to understand discipline? She’s not a bad baby, in fact, she is the happiest baby in the world. She just gets into things that could be dangerous to her, or could be dangerous to our electronics!

Maybe just strap a helmet and knee pads on the kid and let her go?

AND if she’s this clumsy now……..what kind of driver will she be? O_O

Help will be appreciated.



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6 thoughts on “What to do…

  1. My daughter is very close in age so I feel like I’m dealing with the same thing a lot of the time too. It sounds like you have done everything right and she is a happy baby overall. You may have already tried this too but we have been finding it easier to distract her in any way possible to switch her mood. Shes at that exploring age where she does the same things over and over again. We also have an old remote without the batteries that we give to her when she tries pulling at the actual remote. It seems to help her some. Good luck with everything ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ah…. I look forward to being in the same position one day but for now all I can offer is my experience as a dig mom: Michelle is right, distraction is key ๐Ÿ™‚

    Of course our dogs will always stay at the level of toddlers so we have it easy ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sorry I have no advice for you but when you find a solution that works let me know because I am having the same problem with my little one.

  4. Fun times! I’m not sure which type of redirection you’ve used before, but from the sounds of this it sounds like you’re talking more about distraction…like, you’re trying to get her to pay attention to something other than the dangerous object she’s tampering with, right? My method of redirection is to try to match what the child is doing, almost exactly, with something safe and child-friendly. So…if she’s banging the table, I’d say “Oh, you want to bang? Okay, but we don’t bang on tables, here’s a drum! (or whatever else is handy that she can bang on, a napkin, a purse, a piece of paper, the point is that I’m not making her STOP banging, I’m not physically restraining her or using the word “no” and she still gets to do what she was enjoying, just in a safer way).

    This can work for licking remotes too. Give her a remote that is HERS to lick, lol, sounds crazy, but you can be firm and gentle while reinforcing that “This is your remote to lick, but we cannot lick Mommy’s remote.”

    For the expensive things at other people’s houses issue…if they’re actually statues, and hard for them to put away before you arrive, I’d just keep a close eye on her, marvel at them with her, tell her, “yes they’re pretty, but we cannot touch because they might fall and hurt you, or break.” even if she doesn’t understand all the way, she’s validated by you spending time looking at them with her, and she’s less likely to touch them because you’ve already warned her against them. Maybe even say, “If you want to look at these ask Mommy first and I’ll come look at them with you.” For smaller things it’s not bad mannered to ask the person to put them away before you arrive (I mean, come on! They’re little kids, and they’re bound to break things if they’re able to).

    As for eating the trash, that’s a hard one. Depends on which trash can, bathroom, bedroom? If they are simply too easy for her to reach and she’s too fast to keep in your sight I would move the trash cans for awhile out of her reach so that she loses the habit of looking in them and taking things. If it’s not out of your budget, get trashcans with lids on them, or the step-lid types, then maybe get her her own trash can? I don’t know for sure. My kids never ate trash, but they ate paper, lol. For that I started buying seaweed wraps because they have the consistency of paper and they’re healthy and my girls love them to this day!

    Good luck! Hope my advice helps you some ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. have you tried letting her play with plastic bowls and banging on certain things? give her a paper towel roll. to talk into and bang around. i saw if they arnt hurting them selves let them have fun. its just a short period in their life where they want to do this.

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