So long coffee table

41808782_thbIt’s official. My daughter’s a toddler. She got her walking papers last month and she’s taken over the house. We can’t turn our back on her for a second. She’s obsessed with trying to drown my cell phone in the toilet.  She rummages through my purse trying to locate the car keys.  She’s very proud of herself now that she’s discovered the panic button! While these antics are on some level amusing, I really do worry about her safety on a constant basis. She’s mastered climbing, too and has rightfully earned the nickname, “monkey”. Therefore we’ve retired the coffee table to the garage where it will mostly likely stay until she goes off to college (better to be safe than sorry). On top of that she’s teething up a storm and will attempt to put anything in her mouth including, but not limited to my husband’s running sneakers. On the one hand, I’m thrilled that she’s exploring her environment and becoming her own person, but it’s making my job as a parent that much harder. Actually…it’s a nightmare. I’ve done everything I can think of to make our home safe for her. She always seems to find trouble though. Are you in the same boat? I’d love to hear from you. Click here and here to read some helpful fact sheets on child safety.

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7 Responses to “So long coffee table”

  1. Jill Says:

    I think you may be panicking a bit too much. We just tell our daughter no, or redirect her when she does something we don’t want her to do. After a few times, they get bored with something, anyway. What’s the worst that can happen chewing on a shoe? Most likely she’ll think it tastes bad and give it up. She will continue to push her boundaries. It’s up to you to decide right now: who runs the house? Her or you? If you run the house and make the rules, then make the rules and teach her how to abide by them. She works around your life, not the other way around. Or, if you want her to run the house, so be it. I’m a firm believer that you can’t protect them from every single thing, and they do have to learn on their own that some things will hurt, taste bad, or be scary. Then they learn to set their own limits as well. Can you see my blog name? Life is not bubble wrapped. Do I leave knives where my baby can get them? No, I put them up or away from her. But my coffee table is still out, and she’s used it to climb on the couch a time or two, and even stood on it once. I told her that it wasn’t stable, and not a good idea and she hasn’t done it again. Not to say she won’t, she’s only a year and a half, but for now, we’re living bubble wrap free!

  2. Debbie Says:

    Forget getting the coffee table back when she goes to college – grandchildren are right around the corner! Life as we know it and as we see in Better Homes and Gardens has gone the way of the manual typewriter.

  3. Anne Says:

    Hi Jill, Thanks for your comment and suggestions. I love the name of your blog! Very cute.

  4. Anne Says:

    Too funny Debbie!

  5. Nicole Says:

    I’m right there with you Anne, could relate and found a lot of humor in your post. Also considering removing the coffee table for now too… We have a very persistent little monkey, but I suppose preemies just have to be stronger, more independent, little fighters… otherwise they’d never get through the first few years of life. 🙂 And yes, she is also finding everything she’s not supposed to be into… she’s quite clever. Thanks for posting your story!

  6. Anne Says:

    Hey Nicole! Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you were able to identify with my situation. This is such a fun age and I’m getting quite the workout, too! Who needs the gym when you have a toddler in the house : ) Thanks again for stopping by.
    ~Anne

  7. Nursing Online Says:

    Sweet! Keep it up!

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