Jump to content

Ups and downs of living with a toddler


  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 JohBD

Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:05 AM



An incident with my toddler this morning made me wonder think how much easier it was when he sat in his bouncer and looked at me. He's so much more fun at this age, but so much more work too!

I was outside feeding our brood of six chickens and two bunnies when he locked the back screen door, locking me outside. He's obviously watched me doing it hundreds of times, but couldn't remember how to turn the lock back again once he'd done it. I realised how difficult it was to explain something complex to a 31-month-old, especially when all he wanted was a cuddle from mum.

In the end I grabbed a long stick and pushed it through the cat-flap (lucky we have cats too!) to open the lock. Before then, though, my mind was racing wondering how I was going to get into the house. I've had to break in before when the door slammed behind me as I went out to check the mail, but I didn't want to repeat climbing on top of our garbage bin and squeezing in through the kitchen window. I wasn't sure I actually could, considering I am 32 weeks pregnant with our second child!

So should I have a spare set of keys hidden somewhere around the house for this type of situation? I've given a spare set to both parents, but the phone was inside and it would have taken either one a while to come to our rescue. I'm not sure what the best solution to this problem is, but it brings me to another related issue we may soon face.

We plan on putting up our Christmas tree on the weekend and want to make it a big deal for our son, because while this is his third Christmas, it is the first he will really appreciate. I bought some beautiful decorations recently, but after I opened the box I saw they could be quite fragile. With two boisterous cats and a very active son I wonder how long these decorations will last. But that won't stop us from putting on the Christmas carol CD and dancing around our tree as we hang the tinsel and decorations. It's not like any of the decorations are family heirlooms.

Next step then is the Christmas presents. I am really interested to see how our son is going to react to the presents under the tree this year. Like I said, this is the first year he has a little understanding of what Christmas means. I took a photo of him last Christmas surrounded by presents looking slightly bewildered and wondering where to start. However this year he's been preparing for a Christmas concert at day care, today they are putting up the class Christmas tree and they have been making gift boxes to fill with goodies for their parents for a few weeks. He is excited about Christmas this time round - he points out Christmas trees, presents and loves looking at Santa when we go out shopping (a huge improvement on last year when I took him eight times to see Santa for a photo!).

I have a feeling he won't want to wait to unwrap everything (including other people's presents), but we'll see. I think if we hid everything until he went to bed on Christmas Eve it would take some of the excitement away - for him and us. We'll just have to wear the consequences of torn presents and half-opened boxes I think.

What do you do to ensure the kids don't lock you out? Or what Christmas safeguards do you have to outsmart the kids?

Edited by EB-Ally, 02 December 2008 - 12:42 PM.


#2 raisins

Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:10 AM

I lock the door while it's open when I go outside. That way even if it get's 'closed', it can't latch.

And for Christmas, I hide it all.....otherwise it'd be pretty obvious that Santa didn't bring them.
It's all part of the fun waking up and finding presents when there wasn't any there before! happy.gif

#3 PeggyLou

Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:18 AM

Hiding the presents isn't going to take away the excitement for him, imagine his face on Christmas morning, seeing all these colourful parcels sat there, when there weren't any before!

I have a three year old and this christmas is going to be such a hoot! He is far more excited and 'knows' what happens, it's all he talks about.

As for the doors. Well, my DS usually follows me outside anyway LOL and the times he has locked me outside, he has 'allowed' me back in  laughing2.gif  laughing2.gif and promptly gotten a good telling off and hasn't done it since.

Tash xxx

#4 JohBD

Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:22 AM

Good idea Sarah. I must see if I can do that on our doors. As for presents from Santa, we haven't decided if everything comes from Santa or a combination from us and Santa. I guess we have to work that out pretty soon!

You're right Jitz. I can see we need to rethink our present strategy.

#5 acemummy

Posted 07 January 2010 - 12:02 AM

My DH said to me the other day, if you go outside make sure you take your keys.  Our DD1 age 2 can now lock the door, so being stuck outside is not a good idea, especially with a four month old. (either side of the door). So...
I went out with DD2 the other day and left DD1 with Daddy (DH) very rare for me. When I left they were playing happily out the back. Out of habit I of course locked the screen door.... ohmy.gif

Fear Not...DH had his keys ddance.gif  cclap.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

Toddler freed after getting trapped in escalator

A shopping centre escalator needed to be pulled apart to free a toddler's trapped hand.

Why I'm kind of excited about my daughter's nits

Is it weird to say that I am secretly thrilled to find that my daughter Edie has nits?

Baby born at 10:11 on 12-13-14

Well, it's actually 13-12-14 to us over here. But still, Clare Elizabeth Keane's consecutive numerical birth time is pretty special.

On holding tightly and loving fiercely

We can't live in fear. This post is about Christmas and how at this time we should be celebrating life and grateful for what we have: our loved ones who we cherish fiercely.

Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

Everyone will love your baby but your baby may not be so happy to be passed around a lot of new people - nor may you want to feed with an audience.

Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

There are pros and cons to this policy.

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

Why children misbehave during the festive season

While we all like to imagine the holiday season as being a fun, loving and bonding experience; often our reality is quiet different.

I was fat-shamed by my doctor

The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.

End of an era: no more childcare

As we reach the end of 2014, we're closing the book on many things for another year, most notably childcare. Our last child has attended childcare for the very last time.

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

The 7-year itch is more like the 10-year itch: study

Contrary to popular belief, making it past the seven-year mark doesn't mean your marriage will be smooth sailing from there on.

Should children be forced to sit on Santa's lap?

We teach kids it’s okay to say no if they don’t feel safe, so why do some parents force their children to climb in to Santa's lap?

Stop telling us that parenting gets harder

I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing for many of us right now, either.

Baby born weighing almost 14 pounds

Yes, the bouncing baby girl was born by caesarean section. And mum says no more kids.

The dummy debate

I'm the first to admit that when I used to see tiny babies with dummies in their mouths, I thought "Hmm, lazy parenting." And now I apologise.

'I thought I was an only child'

Imagine meeting your double at a school sports event, or regularly being mistaken for someone you haven't met. Separated twins Margaret and Joy tell their story.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

As Sydney grieves the loss of Sydney siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, reports have suggested that both died as heroes.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.